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Le Dragon de Quintus

30/4/2015
Le Dragon de Quintus, is the magical emblem of this outstanding vineyard, as well as the name of Château Quintus’s second wine. It is symbolised by a statue that is both impressive and majestic, in keeping with the mythological figure of the dragon. The statue is mounted on the site of the former Tour de Guet at Quintus.The property’s privileged location on a promontory, where a watchtower once stood to ensure the defence of the village of Saint-Emilion, inspired the name of the vineyard. It also reflects the certainty that Quintus has a truly outstanding terroir, a treasure that needs be protected.

Western myths describe dragons as very intelligent beasts, protectors blessed with tremendous vision. As a guardian of a fabulous terroir, overlooking a panorama that stretches as far as the eye can see, the dragon is a symbol rooted in the estate’s history. It was thus chosen to represent Château Quintus and gave its name to the second wine. A statue of a dragon has now been mounted in the heart of the estate, as if returning to its original habitat.

Conceived by Prince Robert de Luxembourg, President of Quintus SAS and Domaine Clarence Dillon, and created by renowned animalier sculptor Mark Coreth, Le Dragon de Quintus has descended from the sky in order to watch over the destiny of this estate for all eternity.
Quintus’s emblem also recalls another heraldic animal dear to Saint-Emilion, the one that features on the shield of the village: a golden leopard brandishing a silver sword.

Nearly 4 years were necessary in order to breathe life into this Dragon, which by its size makes it one of the biggest bronze sculptures representing this theme: 4m50 in height, more than 6m wide, nearly 3m in length, with a weight of 2 tons. The HVH foundry, located in the small village of Horni Kalna in the beautiful surroundings of East Bohemia, casts bronze sculptures using the lost wax technique. For the size, the shape and the position of its wings, Mark Coreth used his experience as a pilot to imagine them.
Were it not in bronze, Le Dragon de Quintus could easily take flight.

“Creating the dragon for Quintus has amounted to four years of adventure, starting slowly with ideas and designs, then developing them towards the finished piece. The dragon was not based on any other image or tradition but from my and Prince Robert’s imagination. I have taken so many of the experiences that I have had while travelling and sculpting wildlife in the field and combined them into one creation.”