2023 Le Dragon de Quintus, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2023 Le Dragon de Quintus, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2023 Le Dragon de Quintus, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Intense depth and character but with freshness, floral character, clear salinity, sappy tannins that are not entirely resolved, but there is good spice and impressive lift. Includes Merlot from the north facing vineyards, and this is sculpted and precise, juicy finish. Director Mariette Veyssiere.

Drink 2026 - 2034

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Jane Anson91/100

Intense depth and character but with freshness, floral character, clear salinity, sappy tannins that are not entirely resolved, but there is good spice and impressive lift. Includes Merlot from the north facing vineyards, and this is sculpted and precise, juicy finish. Director Mariette Veyssiere.

Drink 2026 - 2034

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous90-92/100

The 2023 Le Dragon de Quintus is a gorgeous, vibrant Saint-Émilion. Crushed flowers, red plum, spice, new leather and cedar lend notable energy and brightness. The 2023 is a fine Dragon with plenty of the breadth that is typical here, but in a slightly more restrained style than in past vintages.

Drink 2026 - 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW86-88/100

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 Le Dragon de Quintus rolls out with expressive scents of Morello cherries and boysenberries followed by suggestions of lavender, black pepper, and fallen leaves. The medium-bodied palate has soft, very approachable tannins and a refreshing line supporting the subtle berry flavors, finishing a little succinct. The blend is 71.3% Merlot and 28.7% Cabernet Franc, with 25% new oak.

Drink 2026 - 2033

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16+/20

71.6% Merlot, 28.4% Cabernet Franc. 38% of the production. Cask sample.

Attractive berry-fruit nose with a leafy edge. Medium-bodied, structured with mid-palate tension. Plenty of drive. Finishes on a chalky note.

Drink 2029 - 2038

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate90-92/100

The 2023 Dragon de Quintus is a real success this year, revealing aromas of cassis, mulberries, dark wild berries and flowers. Moderately weighted and elegant, the wine on the palate is fleshy, round and seamless with a structuring, long finish. This is a blend of 71.6% Merlot and 28.4% Cabernet Franc.

Drink 2025 - 2035

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling94-95/100

Cedar, tobacco and currant aromas and flavors. Medium body with fine, integrated tannins and a long finish. Lovely acidity to this. Citrus at the end. 71.6% merlot and 28.4% cabernet franc.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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About this WINE

Chateau Quintus

Chateau Quintus

The Clarence Dillon family company acquired a beautiful estate in Saint-Emilion, and renamed it Château Quintus. An exceptional terroir that has been recognised as such for centuries. The estate naturally wraps around a high promontory which represents the end of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. The vineyard benefits from a majestic panarama extending towards the neighbouring village and across the entire Dordogne valley. It is in the place that, for time immemorial, a watch tower has stood to ensure the defence of the village of Saint-Emilion.

The originality of this extraordinary terroir lies in its diversity of soils, slopes and orientations. It is therefore hardly surprising that this wine was featured between 1844 and 1848 - under its old name Château Tertre Daugay - among the 14 most sought after and most expensive wines of Saint-Emilion. For close to a century the great reference book Cocks and Feret "Bordeaux et ses Vins" will consistently mention the property as a First Growth of Saint -Emilion. The vineyard was also one of the prominent Saint-Emilion estates to receive a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1867.

A text found in another great book of the time "Les Grands Vins de Gironde" de Dumas et Lallemand (1899) reads "One can not imagine a more beautiful situation for an estate, or one more favourable for the production of a First Growth wine (...) Thanks to the excellent vinification practices undertaken at the estate, the wine produced here reflects great body, ripeness and an armature that exemplify the great wines of Saint-Emilion."

This wine takes its natural place alongside the red and white wines of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, thereby becoming the 5th child in this illustrious family.

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St Émilion

St Émilion

St Émilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Émilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Émilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Émilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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