2015 Chateau Quintus Saint Emilion
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $123.94 (reg. $129.94)
For an estate only established in 2011, Château Quintus is fast becoming a must-have for collectors of right bank Bordeaux. Under the same ownership as First Growth Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, and made by the same brilliant winemaking team, they've continued to ratchet up the quality very year and their 97-point 2015 effort is a wine that serious Right Bank aficionados will want to add to their collection!
If Quintus is not yet on your radar, here’s what you need to know: Though the estate was officially created in 2011, it’s by no means a newcomer. Grand Cru wine has been produced here (that is, at the two separate estates that merged to create it) for hundreds of years. Modern-day Quintus sits on prime Saint Emilion terroir, within spitting distance of the medieval town itself and some of its biggest names like Angélus.
The term “royalty” is banded about Bordeaux a lot, though in this case, it rings true. Quintus belongs to Domaine Clarence Dillon, headed of course by the charismatic Prince Robert of Luxembourg. The Dillon family produces some iconic wines, from the value-driven Clarendelle right up to the legendary neighbors La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion. Prince Robert has lofty ambitions for Quintus, saying he’s “confident that this vineyard will soon come to rival its Domaine Clarence Dillon siblings as one of the finest wines of our region.” He’s well on track to achieving that feat. Per Antonio Galloni, “quality is clearly on the rise” at Quintus, and “it will be interesting to follow the evolution of these wines given the brilliance of the winemaking team”.
Quintus 2015 offers all the pedigree of a Dillon family property, the terroir and winemaking of a first growth, and benefits from a spectacular vintage. This is a seriously smart addition to any discerning Bordeaux cellar. Cheers!