Château Quintus

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2020 Le Dragon de Qunitus

The Weather

After a very mild winter and an early flowering period, 2020 was marked by an extremely dry summer, without a drop of rainfall between mid-June and mid-August. As a result, the vine’s growth slowed down, but Quintus’ clay terroir, assisted by wet conditions in springtime, protected the vines from any water stress. Vine growing methods were adapted to the vintage: in springtime, vigilance was increased and continual, and then procedures during the summer were very limited. In actual fact, vine workers did practically no green harvests, nor any trimming, nor cutting back the top shoots of the vines, in order to preserve the foliage, so as to protect the grapes from direct rays of sunshine. And although early, the harvests were moved back to ensure the grapes reached a stage of perfect ripeness. The harvest began on 11th September for the Merlot grapes and on 23rd September for the Cabernet Franc. This early harvest made it possible to retain all the delicacy, elegance and freshness of the grapes, despite a very dry summer. The Cabernet Franc grapes were particularly exceptional: really ripe, healthy and consistent. This factor changed our usual methods considerably: in the vineyard, because it was the first year they were harvested consecutively to the Merlot grapes, and in the vat house too, as their proportion in the blend more than doubled compared to previous years. 2020 calls to mind the 2000 vintage and is already considered a fabulous vintage, one which required a tremendous ability to adapt, both for the people involved and for the work of teams in the vineyard and in the vat house.

Technical Specifications

  • Blend: Merlot: 84,7% ; Cabernet Franc: 15,3 %
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

Tasting Note

A beautiful dark, purple colour. The wine presents a powerful, fruity first nose, whereas after swirling woody, vanilla-scented hints mingle with aromas of ripe black fruit. A spicy note follows and gives lovely complexity. The first taste is supple and silky, then the wine progresses on a delicate, tightly-knit texture of tannin. The sensation of fleshiness persists, flavours of fruit combine with woody notes and make the wine very charming. Without being as concentrated as its elder brother, this Dragon is particularly delicious and pleasant.