Through our relationship with Domaine Clarence Dillon, we have access to the wines of Chateau Quintus, which has been owned by the Dillon family since 2011, directly from their cellars.
Domaine Clarence Dillon, owners of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, acquired a beautiful estate in Saint-Emilion in 2011, today renamed Château Quintus. In October 2013, Château Quintus in turn acquired the neighbouring property, Château L’Arrosée, and these two exceptional estates are now united in order to produce one of the very finest wines of Saint-Emilion. “By uniting these two exceptional estates we have improved our team’s ability to make one of the very finest wines of Saint-Emilion. This merger of equals will prove that the whole can be greater than the two parts. I am confident that this vineyard will soon come to rival its Domaine Clarence Dillon siblings as one of the finest wines of our region” Prince Robert of Luxembourg (President, Quintus SAS).
Perched on a 62-meter-high limestone hillock, Château Quintus is located at the south-western end of the Saint-Emilion plateau. Surrounded by some of the most eminent estates in Saint-Emilion, the property boasts some of the finest land and exposures in the region. The originality of this extraordinary terroir lies in its diversity of soils, slopes and orientations. Made up of 28 hectares of vines that have today attained an optimum average age of 30 years, the estate naturally wraps itself around a high natural promontory and also offers 360o breath-taking views across to the village of Saint-Emilion and over the entire Dordogne valley.
The vines of Château Quintus extend over a remarkable landscape. The form of the land itself is characterised by a stratum of limestone that lies in criss-cross shelves across the south-facing slopes of the plateau. The limestone to the north of the property is replaced by a varied mixture of clayey sands and gravels, dipping towards the south. Merlot represents 66% of the surface in production and the rest, 26% is planted with Cabernet Franc and 8% with Cabernet Sauvignon.
We have imported directly from Chateau Quintus, in temperature controlled conditions, small quantities of the 2012 vintage of Le Dragon de Quintus, the second label of the Chateau, which was considered a very good year for Quintus, although a more difficult year in general with uneven bud break, and a cool, wet month in April.
Fortunately the months of July and August were ideal; warm and dry. The fine summer enabled everything possible in the vineyard in order to make up for the poor spring. For two months, the team worked meticulously to make ripening as homogenous as possible, and removed and green grapes at veraison. The harvest began under sunny skies, and ended being a truly fine vintage for early ripening terroirs like Quintus. The 2012 Le Dragon de Quintus is a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc.
Winemaker: Jean-Philippe Masclef