2019 Le Dragon de Quintus
The mild and dry 2018-2019 winter period led to a rather precocious budbreak, on March 22nd. Then, in spring, markedly cool temperatures and heavy rains slowed the vine’s growth. The first sign of flowering on the merlots came on May 27th. From the end of June, the year 2019 was marked by several heatwaves, with temperatures surpassing 35°C (95°F). The month of July was particularly hot, reaching a record-breaking 41°C (105.8°F) in the shade on July 21st. However, we observed no adverse impact on growth. The first veraison was noted on the plants on July 22nd, and on July 25th for the rest of the merlots. The veraison was homogeneous.
Temperatures were cooler in August, leading to a slower ripening of the cabernet francs. In September, another period of high temperatures (reaching almost 34°C (93.2°F) on the 13th) was followed by a long-awaited rainfall on the 22nd. However, temperature fluctuations between night and day (a variation of up to 19°C), proved particularly favorable to the synthesis of anthocyanins and phenolic compounds.
- Harvest Dates: From September 19th to October 9th
- Blend: Merlot: 86% ; Cabernet Franc: 14%
- Alcohol: 15% (temporary)
Le Dragon is the second wine of Château Quintus. The inspiration for the name came from the dragon statue dominating the magical terroir of Saint-Emilion from the estate’s privileged location, perched on a promontory. Le Dragon has a beautiful dark red color. The first nose is intense, fruity and fresh. When the wine is swirled in the glass, the nose becomes more complex and a discreet woody note mingles with very ripe black fruit. The first impression is fine and elegant, leading to a fairly dense tannic structure of medium length. The fruit accompanies the structure and substance. This Le Dragon leaves an impression of exquisite balance. It resembles the 2012 for its silky charm linked to the dominant Merlot grape variety of this blend.