Hailed as a “magnificent estate in Rutherford” by Robert M. Parker Jr., Quintessa is one of Napa Valley’s finest Bordeaux Blends that flies below the radar screen outside the USA. Located in the heart of Rutherford AVA, Quintessa has the region’s finest collections of vineyards that sit at the foot of the Vaca Mountain Range with a variety of soils and microclimates. French legend Michel Rolland has been the consultant of the winery since 2000.
The vines of Quintessa are planted on virgin soil that has never been exploited until the late 1980s. Free from any contamination, the soil is healthy without blemish. The name “Quintessa” means the 5 elements, and ‘harmony with nature’ is the focus of the wine-making here. They began farming organically in 1990, and then biodynamically in 1996.
Cru is one of the world’s leading fine wine retailers. We have experts working across the globe serving customers in over 40 different countries. We operate from four major hubs in London, Hong Kong, Bordeaux, Singapore and Beijing, from which we offer advice and impeccable service through both traditional and digital channels. We are very focused on using technology to make the experience of fine wine buying more fun and convenient.
Cru is a specialist retailer. We source only the world’s very best wines and spirits and sell to a limited number of discerning buyers. We hold numerous events through which we showcase our wines and get to know our clients even better. We store a significant amount of wine for our clients and offer guidance on wine portfolio construction.
Cru offers an internationally acclaimed selection of red wine, white wine and Champagne. We help customers around the world buy wine from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Spain, the Loire and Rhone Valley and from the New World.
We stock extensive collections of the world’s finest wines, including Château Lafite, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Haut Brion, DRC and Penfolds.
Cru was founded in 2014 by co-founders Simon Farr and Jeremy Howard. But our roots as a fine wine team go back to the early 1980s in the UK, and back to 2010 in Hong Kong.
Mr Simon Farr: a hugely respected 40 year wine industry veteran who was involved in the founding and growth of two of Britain's most successful wine enterprises (Majestic and Bibendum). Jeremy Howard is a former investment banker who has been building ecommerce businesses in fine wine since 2008.