2012 Dragon de Quintus, St-Emilion (Previously $40)

SKU #1250679 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This second wine of the Haut-Brion's newly acquired Château Quintus is rich, with layers of black plums and dense juicy tannins. A dark Merlot-dominated wine, it's smooth and likely to be ready soon. (RV)  (5/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 A solid wine with blackberry, plum and berry character. Full and chewy. Solid.  (3/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Their second wine, called Le Dragon de Quintus, has elegant raspberry and blueberry notes in a blue-fruited style. Minerality is present, and the wine is perfumed, floral, medium-bodied ... (RP)  (4/2015)

Vinous

 The 2012 Le Dragon de Quintus is deep, fleshy and nuanced throughout. Tobacco, herbs, menthol, licorice and sweet red plums take shape in an open-knit, gracious Saint-Emilion that should drink well for a number of years. Le Dragon de Quintus is the second wine made by Quintus (formerly Tertre Daugay), which is now owned by the Dillon family. (AG)  (1/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A light singed mesquite frame handles the core of black cherry and plum fruit, while subtle tea and licorice root notes line the lightly firm finish. Has some charm. (Web-2015) (JM)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
A superb wine made by the Haut-Brion team—soft and fruity with toasty blackberry fruit aromas and flavor. From the former vineyards of Tertre Daugay and L’Arrosée—super terroir for this, the second wine of Quintus.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion