In 2011, Domaine Clarence Dillon purchased a superb property in Saint-Émilion, now renamed Château Quintus. In 2013, Château Quintus made the acquisition of another neighbouring property, as well as a third one in 2021. These three exceptional properties now form a wine estate of 45 hectares producing one of Saint-Émilion’s finest wines.
Château Quintus is one of Saint-Émilion’s largest properties, stretching across 45 hectares, 42 of which under vine.
Quintus offers a breath-taking 360-degree view. Its outstanding terroir comprises an incredible diversity of micro-climates and limestone soils, conducive to the finest qualities of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Le Dragon de Quintus is the second wine of Château Quintus. The name originates from the dragon statue that towers above the magical terroir of Saint-Emilion, perched high upon the promontory.
Towering above the valley, a huge bronze statue of a dragon with a wingspan of six metres, sits upon the promontory where in the past a watch tower stood, to guard the property. Inspired by the western legend, making the dragon a mythical creature with very sharp eyesight protecting a priceless treasure, this statue created by Mark Coreth, with its wings spread widely, has become the symbol of the estate.
The spring of 2018 was marked by frequent stormy weather. The growing season started very well, although was later slowed down as a result of a violent hailstorm on the 26th of May. The vines nevertheless recovered fairly quickly. The month of June was relatively warm, conducive to even flowering. A hot summer followed, with little rainfall. Véraison (colour change) took place under ideal conditions. A high-pressure system set in during the month of September. The grapes were picked under clear blue skies at peak ripeness and in excellent condition.
2018 Le Dragon de Quintus
A LEGACY ETCHED IN EVERY DROP
Le Dragon de Quintus, a timeless elixir born from the fabled terroir of Saint-Emilion. Encased in a bottle inspired by tradition and sealed with the utmost care, this wine embodies the spirit of Château Quintus, where history and nature unite in perfect harmony.
” Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it delivers expressive scents of plum preserves, blueberry compote and kirsch, plus suggestions of spice cake, fallen leaves and unsmoked cigars. The palate is full-bodied with bags of black fruit preserves and an earthy undercurrent, framed by soft tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a spicy kick.”
The Wine Advocate
“Rich and potent on the nose, fully expressive with ripe red fruits, floral flecks, tobacco, dark chocolate and espresso nuances. Bold yet juicy and refined on the palate, this is smooth with mouthwatering acidity and supple tannins. Ripe blackcurrants, strawberries and black cherries with lashings of dark, savoury elements; liquorice, vanilla and salty crushed stones given lift by menthol freshness. Alive and forward, plump and appealing with lots of energy and focus. Well made, punchy and confident. Great to drink and enjoy today but will continue to age well.”
Le Dragon de Quintus attends the 2023 Oscars
Domaine Clarence Dillon was proud to be the official 2023 wine partner of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Château Quintus and family company, Domaine Clarence Dillon were truly honoured to toast the 95th Oscars.
Château Quintus is the 5th child within the Domaine Clarence Dillon family of wines. Its name is a tribute to the Gallo-Romans, creators of Saint-Emilion’s vineyards, who had the custom of naming their fifth child Quintus.
2015 Quintus is smooth, even creamy, on the palate, with a tight-knit tannic structure. The middle palate is full-bodied, and the finish is delicious and fairly long. This powerful, tasty wine is also very elegant.
“Incredibly dense nose of cocoa powder and savory notes. Hard to imagine how a red wine could be more delicious than this beauty, which glides effortlessly over your palate. In spite of all the richness, this is filigree, subtle and gentle. Drink or hold. Château Quintus vertical tasting.”
“The 2015 Quintus has a medium to deep garnet-purple hue, opening with aromas of baked cherries, warm red currants and crushed black plums with touches of cigar box, violets and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, it sports very finely-grained, plush tannins and remains seamlessly refreshing and elegant in the mouth with a seductively nuanced flavor profile, culminating with wonderful length and depth.”
The Wine Advocate
Receiving the same care given to Château Quintus and Le Dragon de Quintus, the Saint-Emilion de Quintus was launched in 2014. Plots situated on the low ground of the plains of the Dordogne contribute mainly to the production of this wine.
Beautiful dark garnet-red colour.
The initial impression on the nose is intense, hints of red fruits with the freshness of just picked berries. The oak is discreet and qualitative.
Starts out softly on the palate, pleasant. Then, the wine evolves on a rather tender body. The tannin finally appears, coated and medium-long. This Saint-Emilion de Quintus leaves an impression of balance and immediate pleasure.