|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc. Very appetising nose of ripe fruit and this continues on the silky palate too. Impressive. Nicely restrained, good freshness for the vintage - Not wildly deep but very attractive drinking. Rating: 89 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Dragon de Quintus has a slightly gawky nose, missing the cohesion of its peers at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, classic in style with plenty of sous-bois and tobacco notes, gaining some flesh and fruité towards the more cohesive finish. Give this Deuxième Vin another year. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
The 2014 Le Dragon de Quintus is quite lovely. Dark red cherry, plum, sweet spices and flowers open up in a bright, lifted wine that shows the more delicate side of St.-Emilion. The 2014 lacks a bit of mid-palate depth, but it is otherwise attractive and nicely balanced throughout. The blend is 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. Rating: 87-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
The Le Dragon de Quintus 2014, a blend of 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc, already sports an attractive bouquet, nicely defined with touches of blackcurrant winegum and lavender. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly edgy tannins on the entry. Modest weight here, but smooth and harmonious in the mouth with a conservative and slightly saline finish. Enjoy over the next five or six years. Drinking range: 2017 - 2029 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2015)
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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