C-EC12-0608

12 x Chateau Quintus 2012

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Case Size: 12 x 0.75. This wine has a tightly-knit tannic texture and a beautiful, long, aromatic aftertaste. It is fruity, spicy and oaky. Starts out quite smooth on the palate, going on to show ripe fruit and a freshness that might be referred to as mineral which is very typical of the terroir.

  • VINTAGE: 2012

    GRAPE: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

    ORIGIN: France - Bordeaux

    TASTE PROFILE: Robust Red - Powerful & Bold

    DELICIOUS WITH: Beef, Veal, Game, Poultry

    SERVING TEMPERATURE:16 to 18°C

    IDEAL FOR: Dinner, Romantic dinner, Special occasion, Impress

    SIZE: 0.75

    EXPERT RATINGS: 92 - James Suckling

    THE STORY: Chateau Quintus did not take its name from a previous owner like so many chateaux in St. Emilion. That’s because the rebirth of the estate, and it’s new name, officially came into being in 2011. This took place after being purchased in May, 2011, from Count Leo de Malet-Roquefort, the owner of La Gaffeliere, by Domaine Clarence Dillon, who also own Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan. Previously known as Chateau Tertre Daugay, the new owners chose to rename the estate Quintus, because it is considered the fifth Bordeaux wine owned and produced by Domaine Clarence Dillon. Quintus is translated from Latin into the number 5. Many ancient Roman families named their fifth child Quintus. As the Romans were the first people to plant vines in Saint Emilion, and this is the 5th winery for the company, the name is quite fitting. At the time of the purchase by Domaines Clarence Dillon, the vineyard of Quintus was 15 hectares. However, that changed in 2013 when it was announced that the vines from Chateau L’Arrosee would be merged with Quintus, creating a much larger vineyard that was now almost double the original size. The cellars used by Chateau Quintus were recently modernized by the purchase by Domaines Clarence Dillon, having been recently modernized by the previous owner, with help from Stephane Derenoncourt, who is no longer working with the property. The vineyards were also in much better shape thanks to their efforts at replanting. Part of the goal with the extensive work in the vineyards was to increase the level of vine density, as well as remove the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon plants and replace some of their Cabernet Franc vines.

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