2018 Quintus (St-Emilion)

27% Cabernet Franc 73% Merlot
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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94 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
89-92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Chris Kissack,

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Jane Anson

This is very St-Emilion in its luxury and silkiness, with a beautiful texture and great persistency. It`s a highly successful and seductive wine, and 2018 is the eighth vintage under the Haut-Brion banner. It has a beautiful nose showing extremely high quality fruit, combining precision and flesh in the notes of blackberry, dark chocolate, choux bun and liquorice, while touches of violets and peonies help lift the nose. Just a touch of heat through the finish. Harvested 20 September to 8 October. Just 4% press wine used, as it`s a particularly tannic year for press wines. 3.62pH. Drink 2027 - 2042. 94 points

Julia Harding

72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, pH 3.62. Black core with purple rim. Scented with cassis and the stony freshness of Cabernet Franc but all quite dark-fruited and restrained. Spicy too. Richer fruit on the palate compared with the Dragon but not as richly fleshed as I would have expected from the Merlot. A little severe, so that the alcohol sticks out, especially on the finish, though there`s real finesse in the tannins. The fruit is fresh but the sugars must have been high. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Composed of 72.3% Merlot and 27.7% Cabernet Franc, harvested September 20 to October 8, the 2018 Quintus is deep purple-black in color and rolls sensuously out of the glass with very pure, perfumed notes of lilacs, lavender, plum preserves and chocolate-covered cherries giving way to notes of spice cake, cardamom, fenugreek and fragrant soil plus a touch of unsmoked cigars. The full, rich, seductive palate provides layer upon layer of perfumed black fruits and spicy nuances with a firm yet soft frame and oodles of freshness to lift the long finish. Beautifully done. 94-96 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Quintus is dark, powerful and super-concentrated, with a real sense of textural breadth and amplitude. Dark fruit, chocolate, spice, new leather and licorice add to a feeling of power and gravitas. The 2018 is an especially sombe r, brooding Quintus. The 15.2% alcohol is at the upper end for 2018 and is very much felt in the wine. Here, too, I am quite interested to see how things turn out after élevage. 89-92 points

Chris Kissack

The blend of the grand vin in this vintage is 72.3% Merlot and 27.7% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 20th and October 8th. It has an alcohol of 15.2% and a pH of 3.62. This accounts for just 30% of the production. It feels delightfully perfumed on the nose, with scents of wild black plum, very fragrant and poised, very pure, with little traces of black olive and liquorice. The palate shows a gently creamed substance, with black plum, liquorice, black pepper and violets, fresh with a very supple and structured substance, a lining of tightly grained tannins and charged acidity. The structure within the midpalate shows a quite considerable presence, but it is ripe, correct, with freshly perfumed fruits wrapped around it. A delicious style, surely the best Quintus yet; this displays real quality now, the team clearly getting into their stride here. This will be a genuine joy to drink in the future, not something I would have said of the very first vintages. Well done. 94-96 points

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