2015 Fronsac

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Right Bank
Sub-district Fronsac & Canon Fronsac
Village Fronsac
ABV 14.5%

The 2015 Château de la Dauphine was picked at 45hl/ha from 15 September to 2 October, matured in 25% new oak for 12 months (less than previous vintages.) It shows a little more refinement and terroir expression than the previous vintage with delineated blackberry, raspberry, liquorice and wild flower scents, very pure and utterly charming. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins. This is very harmonious, silky smooth and ratchets quality up a level from previous vintages, with a wonderful black pepper finish that leaves the tongue tingling. This is drinking extremely well, but it will continue to give pleasure for 20 years. Drinking range: 2022 - 2036 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, (Jun 2022)

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The 2015 La Dauphine is potent, but also remains relatively light on its feet next to other Fronsacs in this vintage. Inky red/purplish fruit, floral notes and spice are among the signatures. Sweet floral notes and silky, polished tannins add to an impression of finesse. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, (Feb 2018)

Château de La Dauphine

The château on this property was built between 1744 and 1750. Soon after it was built, it has a visit from the Dauphine of France, wife of the son of Louis the XV. She was also mother to later kings Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X. The name of the château was changed to honour this visit.

In 1985, François-Régis Marcetteau de Brem sold La Dauphine to the Moueix family of Libourne (owners of Trotanoy and Pétrus). They sold it to Jean Halley in 2000, and after his death in 2011, his son Guillaume began a complete renovation starting with a new, state of the art wine-making facility, and began a move towards 100% organic farming. They are now using biodynamic preparations as well. The property has been certified organic since the 2015 vintage, and coincidentally, this was when the current owners, the Labrune family, bought it. They announced themselves keen to continue the direction of travel, and have expanded the property by buying neighbouring Vrai Canon Bouché.

The property is now 66 hectares, making it one of the largest in the Libournais. It's planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc vines that grow on hillsides. The wine is fermented over 20 days in concrete vats and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 30% renewed each year, although like a lot of Bordeaux properties they are also experimenting with ageing an amphora. The wine has a substantial capacity to improve further with age. Consultant oenologist; Michel Rolland. Production 150,000 bottles.

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