2017 Chateau Quintus
Vegetative growth started on the 13th of March, then was accelerated by a warm, sunny spring. Two incidents of frost in late April served as a reminder to winegrowers that viticulture
is fragile and that nature cannot be tamed. The water deficit, which reached 50% in July and August, was a distinguishing feature of the vintage. However, thanks to significant rainfall
in June, the vines were spared from the drought. Above-average sunshine and a spell of very hot weather (29 days over 30°C), moderated by relatively cool nights (enabling the grapes to ripen without stress) also resulted in favourable winegrowing conditions. The outstanding fruit is reflected in our wines, which have managed to preserve the freshness vital to the balance we always seek. Weather during the month of September was fine for picking – with the exception of the second week, when it rained, although this precipitation helped the Cabernets to ripen slowly and well.
2017 has all the necessary qualities to become a benchmark vintage.
- Harvest Dates: From the 14th to the 29th of September
- Blend: Merlot: 54.4% ; Cabernet Franc: 45.6%
- Yield: 30.2 hectolitres per hectare
- New Barrels: 36%
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Bottling Date: April 15th and 16th 2019
Deep, dark, crimson colour. The bouquet is rich, ripe, and complex, with overtones of delicate, subtle oak. The outstanding overall aromatic impression awakens the senses, and will follow
through to the palate. Starts out broad-based and full-bodied, with a fruity core. Goes on to reveal velvety, tight-knit tannin with fruity notes and hints of spice. The aftertaste is
seamlessly persistent, long after the final sip. It leaves a lasting impression, which is proof of a great wine!