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2023 - 2038
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Composed of 84.7% Merlot and 15.3% Cabernet Franc, while possessing an alcohol of 15.2%, the 2020 le Dragon de Quintus has a deep garnet-purple color and notions of plum preserves, kirsch, black raspberries and cinnamon toast, plus hints of mossy tree bark and incense. The full-bodied palate is jam-packed with juicy black and red berries, supported by soft tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and spicy.
The 2020 Le Dragon de Quintus has a bold, generous bouquet of licorice-infused black fruit, touches of incense and potpourri emerging with aeration. The palate is very smooth on the entry, quite lush and pure, and lightly spiced, leading to a cohesive, seductive finish of fine length for a Deuxième Vin. This should give 12–15 years of drinking enjoyment. - vinous.com
(85% M, 15% CF; 15.2% ABV)
Intense, sweet, blackberry-fruit nose; full, fresh, finely tannic; well-balanced at its 15+% ABV, neither aggressive nor hot, though you do (if sensitive to it) notice the warmth on the back-palate and finish. Very sweet in flavor, moderate complexity, a nice transparency and purity of fruit, and good, light, fragrant length. Alcohol apart, stylish mid-rank St-Emilion. 2024–32+.
A soft, round red with blackberry, chocolate and hints of spice and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with silky tannins and a juicy finish.
Full bottle 1,340 g. Cask sample taken 13 April. Nice and fresh! 84.7% Merlot, 15.3% Cabernet Franc.
Mid crimson with a pale rim. Light but warm, fully ripe impression on the nose. And a little marked acidity on the finish. The overall palate impression is not as rich as many f the 2020 St-Émilions I have been tasting, but then this is the first second wine I have tasted from the appellation in this vintage. Just a little stringy on the end.
The 2020 Le Dragon de Quintus is very nicely done. In 2020, it has an extra kick of freshness that was at times missing from earlier vintages. That energy neatly plays off the natural richness of this site. All the elements are well balanced here. Crushed raspberry, cinnamon, new leather and blood orange linger. This is a terrific showing,
Opening with flowers, black cherries, black raspberries, plums and dark chocolate, the wine quickly moves to its core of soft, plush, dark red fruits. Fresh, silky and fruity, this is perfect to drink while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, 15.2% ABV. 90-92
The second wine of Château Quintus, the 2020 Le Dragon De Quintus is one impressive looking barrel sample, offering lots of cassis and black cherry fruits as well as medium to full body, ripe, soft tannins, plenty of tobacco, earth, and green flower notes, and outstanding length on the finish. It doesn't have the richness of the Grand Vin but has lots of class and should drink well for 10-12 years or more.