Domaine Clarence Dillon, owner of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, purchased a vineyard on a superb terroir of Saint-Emilion in 2011. Since then, the family firm has worked constantly to implement the same principles that they have applied at Haut-Brion and in just 4 years, the result is simply amazing! The nose displays hints of raspberry, pepper, and spice. The palate is very smooth and round with ripe, full and rich tannins. Nice freshness enhances the brilliant fruit, which goes into an elegant, expressive aftertaste. A brilliant wine to drink now - decant at least 2 hours before serving - or to keep for another 8-10 years.
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Dry Red wine
31% Cabernet Franc
from now to 2030
Decant at least 2 hours before
18 months in oak barrels
|What experts say|
90+/100 "Lots of Cabernet Franc this year (31%) – mainly from former Tertre Daugay. Merlot from former l’Arrosée also included. Big step up from the second wine. Dark fruit and spice notes. Classical and linear in style. Tannins very fine and long. Best yet from this new (2011) creation."
16.5+/20 "25% selection. 31% Cabernet Franc, 69% Merlot. Their fourth vintage and ‘our best ever’. Delmas admits they picked grapes 10 days too early in 2011. Spicy fruit and energy. Very polished tannins and lifted fruit. Pretty dry on the end. Bracing and spirited. A bit angular. Not that much depth or subtlety. But there is certainly polish!"
90/100 "The 2014 Quintus was quite backward and tight-lipped when I tasted it from bottle: broody black cherries and black plum, a touch of clove and fresh mint eventually surfacing. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, a Saint Emilion that caresses and seduces the senses. It is very pure with lovely black cherry, blueberry and white pepper notes, although I would be seeking a little more structure and tension on the finish. It is a wine that goes out to give pleasure, but I hope there is more personality and terroir expression that will develop in the future."
94/100 "This rich wine has a good proportion (31%) of Cabernet Franc to give it a perfumed structured character. It is dense and with considerable tannins at this stage. By contrast, the fruit has enormous potential with rich blackberry and black-plum flavors. This chateau has made a considerable stride in this vintage. Drink from 2022."
91/100 "A pure, focused style, with a core of plum and cassis notes caressed by light floral and tobacco accents. Ends with a chalky thread through the refined finish. Best from 2018 through 2026."