The Spirit of Quintus
This wine will take its natural place as an equal alongside the red and white wines of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, thereby becoming the 5th child in this illustrious family.
The Gallo-Romans, creators of the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, had the habit of naming their 5th child Quintus (fifth). Therefore, Domaine Clarence Dillon has decided to pay homage to its glorious predecessors by re-baptising this growth Château Quintus.
5 (V) a number that characterises this estate with its slopes and parcels of vines reaching towards the four cardinal directions, and reclining before the very sky to which the farmers glance on a daily basis to glean what the heavens have in store.
The ancient Tour de Guet and even further back, in the Celtic period, an oppidum (a defended hill fort) on the plateau overlooking Saint Emilion, almost certainly at this same site were the inspiration for the estate’s second wine, Le Dragon de Quintus – a mythical creature that stands as guardian and protector of its treasure, a spectacular terroir.
A new bottle shape specially-designed for Quintus was also introduced, modelled on those used by Château Haut-Brion in the mid-19th century and recently unearthed in a pirates’ lair on the island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. Like their predecessors, these bottles have a raised seal engraved in the glass.