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This wine is what happens when centuries of tradition collide with modern style. Anything but boring, Chateau de la Dauphine is a Bordeaux blend that showcases its 300-year history in a wine that effectively balances bold fruit with the earthy tones that define the Fronsac Appellation. Bright flavors of cassis, blackberry, plum and pepper are smooth and silky on the palate, and it’s under $30!! A no-brainer buy for any Bordeaux wine lover.
About the wine
Chateau de la Dauphine combines the charm of Old World winemaking with lively fruit flavors and just enough earth. Fermented in concrete tanks and aged for a full year before release, the combination of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brings a velvety mouthfeel to a full-bodied wine dominated by dark fruit flavors like cassis, blackberry, plum, and black cherry. Hand harvested and fully-destemmed, this wine isn’t dominated by funky earth, but is instead well-balanced and fruit driven, with firm tannins that linger on the palate. Supple, elegant and silky on the palate, the wine is a delicious value from an underrated subregion.
Winemaker: Michel Rolland
- 94 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced
- 92 pts, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
- 4.0/5 Vivino Users
Grapes: 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Cooperage: 30% New French Oak
About the winery
Named after the Dauphine of France who visited the storied Chateau in the 18th century, this parcel of land has been crafting fine Bordeaux since the 1600s, and doesn’t plan to stop soon. Certified Biodynamic, Chateau de la Dauphine produces classically styled Bordeaux wines from the rolling hillsides on its 99 acre vineyard. Situated on soils of clay and limestone, the estate is well-suited to cultivating the traditional Bordeaux grapes, and especially Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
About the vineyards
This site in the Bordeaux subregion of Fronsac has been under cultivation since the 1600s, when its penchant for Merlot and Cab Franc became evident to early vintners. Though its no longer controlled by the Dauphin family, the estate continues to produce top-notch wines from 99 acres of Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines tended in the traditional fashion. Recently both organic and biodynamic certified, this storied vineyard is slated for decades of future wine success.
About the winemaker
Michel Rolland invented the phrase “Flying Winemaker.” A true cosmopolitan responsible for 100-pt. Wines on every continent, he’s a industry celebrity known for creating wines that burst with regional character. From Chile to his native France, his mark is a stamp of quality and approval for any chateaux.
94 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced
"Brilliant purple, dark cherry, plum, fresh herbs, salinity and fresh clay-like minerality fill the senses. This has an abundance of dark and red fruit, jammy, earthy meaty, and finely nuanced with structure and elegance. Really displaying the freshness of the 2014 Vintage and has some years to develop and blossom. This will age well for the next 5-15 years and even better in 2020. Imbibe now if you wish and Pair with Steak Au Poivre, Tournedos of Filet Mignon with Diane Sauce, Coq Au Vin, white bean and ham hock cassoulet."
92 pts, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
"The 2014 La Dauphine was a bit of a minx when I tasted it out of barrel, some bottles showing overripe character and others much fresher. Therefore, I did not score it and crossed my fingers. Well, I am glad I ignored those misfiring bottles, because it has blossomed into a fine Fronsac. It offers attractive blackberry, wild strawberry, dried apricot and crushed violets scents on the nose that seem to build in intensity but wisely never go over the top. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, plenty of red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit; lovely balance with a supple and detailed finish that has superb mineralité. Check out this great Fronsac wine. It's a little gem."
4.0 ★ Vivino Users
"Finish is strong and long with both palate and nose."
"Nice wine for the price"