Filled with enthusiasm, the teams working at Quintus aim for excellence by a management of the vineyard that protects the terroir, through the most stringent intra-plot selection during winemaking, with blendings taken to their peak and maturation.
A committed team benefiting
from Domaine Clarence
Dillon’s exceptional know-how.
Manager of Château Quintus
Mariette Veyssière represents the 5th generation of the Veyssière family to give prominence to the terroir of Saint-Emilion. Having honed her skills by numerous work experiences, both at Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, at Pétrus, at Château Latour and in California, Mariette joined the team at Château Quintus at the end of 2013. Initially in charge of QSE (Quality Security & Environment), then of the vineyard, her expertise and responsibilities have grown naturally over the years. She inspires a progression in winegrowing methods at the estate.
Cellar Master of Château Quintus
Vineyard Manager of Château Quintus
Audrey Bernard is dedicated to looking after the vineyard of Château Quintus. While always linked to agriculture through her family, she discovered the world of wine during her engineering studies in Bordeaux, through a series of internships and encounters with vine enthusiasts, thus undertaking a NOD (National Œnology Diploma) simultaneously to her master’s degree. After her thesis at Cheval Blanc, and led by a need for a challenge and the desire to keep on learning, she headed to Opus One in California, stopping through New Zealand first, for a winemaking season. After nearly four years under the Californian sun, a return to Bordeaux became an evidence: she settled in Saint-Emilion, at Château Quintus, as Vineyard Manager.
Deputy Managing Director, Wines & Estates
Château Quintus benefits from Jean-Philippe Delmas and the Domaine Clarence Dillon team’s expertise, using savoir-faire applied at Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. A genuine wine artist, he makes use of the subject matter with which nature and the work of men and women provide him throughout the seasons. He is assisted by Jean-Philippe Masclef – Technical Director of Domaine Clarence Dillon and Pascal Baratié – Vineyard Manager of Domaine Clarence Dillon.
The aim of the teams is to enhance the remarkable terroir of Quintus, by assisting and protecting its ecosystem without ever altering its expression by intervening excessively. Their philosophy is therefore one of a reasoned and adapted approach to the terroir of Quintus.
A stringent selection within plots is made when the harvest is picked by hand. Only absolutely perfect grapes will reach their final destination: the vats. Winemaking is done in wooden and in stainless steel vats, with gentle extraction carried out by pumping over.
At Quintus, blending know-how is taken to its peak: plots are harvested and vinified according to a selection within each one: at the top, in the middle and at the foot of the slopes. Each vat is blind tasted, to allow for fully focusing on the senses. Mariette Veyssière, Estate Manager, and Claude Diligeart, Cellar Master, provide their awareness and knowledge of Saint-Emilion’s terroir, assisted by Domaine Clarence Dillon’s team.
Once the blending is finished, the wine is placed in barrels. Maturation in French oak will enable the wine to develop and become clearer. The wine’s tannins will be smoothed patiently over a period of twelve to eighteen months.