|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
Not a massive wine, but bright and harmonious, edged with fresh raspberry and a little comforting depth. Acidity brightens the finish. Pretty enough. Rating: 87-87 L&S (Apr 2014)
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The second wine, Le Dragon de Quintus could be simply looked at as a name to appeal to the Asian marketplace, but I think there’s more to it. A final blend of 56% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is fruity, soft, dark ruby, medium-bodied, but falls off relatively quickly in the mouth. Rating: 84-86 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
Rating: 84-87 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Sweet on the nose the start of the palate has some rich flavours. It is fresher in the middle with much more of a red fruited influence a touch of bitter cherry yet at the back there is depth richness with sweetness on the finish. 2017-26. Rating: 86-89 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)
(56 Merlot, 31 Cabernet Franc, 13 Cabernet Sauvignon) Quite spiky and hedgerow-like on the nose, the fruit is firm, but the tension is not too sour or raw. Oak is bright and not sappy and the fruit is aromatic and floral. There is a fair amount of intensity of vibrant red fruit. Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)
56.5% Merlot, 30.5% Cabernet Franc, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very ripe blueberry sort of flavour. Light palate, very soft tannins. Pure and well formed, without any greenness. Brief finish. (RH) Drink 2015-2019. Rating: 15.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)
Fresh, light and fruity. Acidity a little sharp edged. Drink: 2016-2020. Rating: 15.5 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2014)
I could not help but be disappointed with the second wine from Quintus, as if it had to put up with the dregs of the vintage in 2013. It has a light grassy bouquet with redcurrant scents that is missing some vigour. The palate is high in acidity, quite sharp with a simple foursquare finish that fades abruptly. Rating: 81-83 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)
An attractive iron, citrus and light berry character to this. Medium body, fresh acidity and a savory finish. Rating: 86-87 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)
Domaines Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion) bought, in 2011, what used to be Château Tertre Daugay, a Grand cru Classé Saint Emilion. The name was chosen following the Roman tradition of calling the fifth child Quintus. The property was originally about 16 hectares of vines on a promontory on the south-west corner of the Saint Emilion plateau, with vines on the limestone of the plateau itself and sloping down on all sides on clay over the limestone base, looking over the Dordogne valley.
In 2013, the Dillon family acquired Château L'Arrosée which they include in the production of Chateau Quintus. This has expanded the property to 28 hectares of vines on a gently sloping plateau 68 meters above sea level in the south west of Saint Emilion. Soil type varies from limestone in the north of the property, to clay and gravel in the south. Merlot represents 66% of the vines planted; Cabernet Franc (26%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) make up the rest.
There are two wines, Château Quintus and its second wine 'Le Dragon de Quintus'.
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