2020 Chateau Quintus
After a very mild winter and an early flowering period, 2020 was marked by an extremely dry summer, without a drop of rainfall between mid-June and mid-August. As a result, the vine’s growth slowed down, but Quintus’ clay terroir, assisted by wet conditions in springtime, protected the vines from any water stress. Vine growing methods were adapted to the vintage: in springtime, vigilance was increased and continual, and then procedures during the summer were very limited. In actual fact, vine workers did practically no green harvests, nor any trimming, nor cutting back the top shoots of the vines, in order to preserve the foliage, so as to protect the grapes from direct rays of sunshine. And although early, the harvests were moved back to ensure the grapes reached a stage of perfect ripeness. The harvest began on 11th September for the Merlot grapes and on 23rd September for the Cabernet Franc. This early harvest made it possible to retain all the delicacy, elegance and freshness of the grapes, despite a very dry summer. The Cabernet Franc grapes were particularly exceptional: really ripe, healthy and consistent. This factor changed our usual methods considerably: in the vineyard, because it was the first year they were harvested consecutively to the Merlot grapes, and in the vat house too, as their proportion in the blend more than doubled compared to previous years. 2020 calls to mind the 2000 vintage and is already considered a fabulous vintage, one which required a tremendous ability to adapt, both for the people involved and for the work of teams in the vineyard and in the vat house.
- Blend: Merlot 62,5 % ; Cabernet Franc 37,5 %
A magnificent deep, purple colour. The concentration sensed on the first nose is impressive. When swirling the wine, aromas of very ripe red and black fruit mingle with spicy hints and give a superb sensation of complexity. The first taste feels ample and fleshy and then the wine develops, full of flavour, on a flawless, tightly-knit, juicy texture of tannin. The wine stretches out in length with a lot of taste. The Cabernet Franc, representing more than 30% of the blend, undeniably structures this vintage, while giving it freshness too. A superb Quintus.