The 2018 Quintus is a powerful, heady wine. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice and new leather all race across the palate. Rich and exotic to the core, the 2018 is a big wine. Even so, its 15.5% alcohol is not especially evident. The 2018 is a good wine but not especially delineated.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
Robert Parker 94+
A blend of 72.3% Merlot and 27.7% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Quintus is deep garnet-purple in color, bursting from the glass with rambunctious scents of stewed black plums, boysenberries, dried mulberries and Christmas pudding, plus suggestions of sandalwood, cinnamon stick, potpourri and oolong tea. Full-bodied, rich and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, it counters all that fruit with alluring exotic spice and floral accents, supported by plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and fragrant.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
Jeb Dunnuck 96
The flagship 2018 Chateau Quintus is on another level, offering a gorgeous nose of black raspberries, cassis, spicy oak, chocolate, graphite, and camphor. It has plenty of background oak, yet the texture is brilliant, it’s full-bodied, has no hard edges, and delivers just a wonderful sense of purity and elegance. It’s the finest vintage to date for this estate. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2044
James Suckling 95
The deep, meaty and earthy nose pulls you into this concentrated and beautifully balanced St.-Emilion. Stunning interplay of fine and graceful tannins with restrained richness. Very long, fresh and light-footed finish. Drink or hold. Chateau Quintus vertical tasting. SP.