Robert Parker – 86
The 2014 Saint-Emilion de Quintus is the third wine from Château Quintus, owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon. It is a blend of 83% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a straightforward bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis and a faint touch of wild mint. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded, supple opening. This is an easy-drinking Saint Emilion, the edges smoothed off, adorned with satisfactory dark berry fruit sprinkled with spice on the finish. Polish this off over the next three or four years.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2021
Vinous – 93
The 2014 Quintus has really come together nicely since I tasted it from barrel. Supple, pliant and wonderfully fleshy in the glass, this pretty wine possesses lovely richness and texture. Dark stone fruit, leather, spice and dried flowers infuse the creamy, expressive finish. The 2014 could be cellared for a few years to allow some of the youthful tannins to soften further, but it is quite expressive today. This is the first vintage of Quintus that incorporates fruit from both of the Dillon family’s Saint-Émilion properties, formerly known as Tertre Daugay and L’Arrosée. The two adjacent sites are now being farmed as one. Among other things, this means fruit is harvested according to ripeness, rather than by estate. The blend is 69 % Merlot and 31 % Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2033