Everything about Chateau de La Dauphine Fronsac, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages. wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
Chateau La Dauphine History, Overview
While the modern era of Chateau La Dauphine is quite recent, the estate is one of the older properties in the region dating back to the late 1600’s. The beautiful French chateau was built in 1750. The property was owned at the time by Louis Dauphin, which is where the estate takes its name from.
Chateau de La Dauphin was managed by Guillaume Halley, who bought the Bordeaux wine property from the Moueix family in 2001. The Halley family earned their fortune as the founders of the massive supermarket chain, Carrefour. The Moueix family did not own the vineyard very long, having only purchased it in 1985, from the direct descendants on the original owner, the Olivier family. Guillaume Halley earned his fortune as the owner of the Champion supermarket chain. Halley completely transformed Chateau de La Dauphine into a modern, chateau and vineyard in the region of Fronsac. In fact, he spent close to ten million Euros for the renovations!
With that budget, Chateau de La Dauphine, with its renovated chateau, new chai and modern wine making facilities that are completely gravity fed, was turned into a contender for the top wine of the Fronsac appellation. His son Jean Halley is currently in charge of running the winery these days along with his consultant, Michel Rolland who replaced Denis Dubourdieu in 2012.
In December 2015, it was announced that Guillaume Halley sold Chateau La Dauphine to the Labrune family, through their personal holding company, FCB SA. The is the first Bordeaux wine investment for FCB SA, which until now, focused on technology and the healthcare sector. The new owners received approval for organic and biodynamic certification starting with the 2015 vintage. In 2016, the Labrune family added to their holdings in Fronsac when they purchased Haut-Ballet from Olivier Decelle. Those vines were added to the La Dauphine vineyards.
Chateau La Dauphine Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 53 hectare vineyard of Chateau de La Dauphine is located in the Fronsac appellation. The terroir is clay, limestone and sand soils. The vineyards are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,300 vines per hectare. On average the vines are 33 years of age. To increase the quantity of Chateau de La Dauphine, Halley was able to merge Chateau Canon de Brem into La Dauphine. That was quite a feat considering that Canon de Brem was located in the Canon Fronsac appellation. Starting in 2012, Chateau La Dauphine shifted to 100% organic farming techniques. They were also experimenting with biodynamic farming on a 3 hectare parcel of vines. The plan is to continue increasing the number of hectares that are managed using biodynamic farming techniques.
The wine of Chateau de La Dauphine is made in a completely modern, state of the art facility in the Fronsac appellation. In fact, it currently offers the most advanced wine making facilities in the entire commune as well as in much of the Right Bank! The semi underground, circular vat room has 26 concrete vats that are placed around the sides of the building. This is in addition to the 16 stainless steel tanks for that are also used for the vinification. Each of the tanks are 50 hectoliters in size, allowing for the parcels to be vinified on a plot by plot basis. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrel. On average, the wine of Chateau de La Dauphine is aged in 30% new, French barrels oak for 12 months. The average annual production of Chateau de La Dauphine is close to 6,500 cases of wine per year. There are two second wines, Delphis de la Dauphine and Les Cyprus de la Dauphine.
Serving and Decanting Chateau La Dauphine with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Jean Faux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Dauphine is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Dauphine is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Chateau de La Dauphine is a top value Bordeaux wine and one of the best wines from Fronsac Canon Fronsac. It’s filled with lusty, ripe, dark, jammy fruit, soft textures and good concentration. Plus, the wine of Chateau La Dauphine drinks well young.
Château de la Dauphine Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 30984 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
With deep color, you catch the floral, blackberry, licorice and vanilla nose first. The lush textures, freshness and juicy fruits in the finish make this wine already delicious, and it should age for a few years too.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 601 Views
2015 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Deeply colored, with a lush, round, supple character, the wine is packed to the gills with licorice, sweet, juicy, dark red and black fruits, chocolate and espresso beans. Sweet, fresh, ripe, earthy, dark fruits with great textures and presence, plus it sells for a song and drinks well early! 90-92 Pts
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 1439 Views
2014 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Stony plums, espresso, wood and cocoa in character, the wine is forward, round and made for early drinking. 88-89 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1540 Views
2013 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Fresh herbs, fennel and red berries, soft and round in texture, the wine exchanges depth for an ease of drinkability. 86-88 Pts
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 2239 Views
2012 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Sensuous textures, forward, lush dark fruits, licorice, cocoa and earth for an affordable price. What’s not to like?
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 1892 Views
Soft, silky, lush, and forward, this will make for delicious, early, uncomplicated, well-priced drinking. 89-91 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2481 Views
2011 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Licorice, chocolate and earthy scents with black raspberry, this wine is open and soft on the palate, finishing with jammy black cherry. This Fronsac estate is consulted by Denis Dubourdieu. 87-89 Pts
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 2540 Views
2010 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Deep in color, with oak, licorice, floral, chocolate and dark berry scents pairs well with the wines round textures and sweet black cherry finish. 89-91 Pts
Mar 14, 2011points - Tasted 4764 Views
2009 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Licorice, black cherry, red plums, espresso bean and earth make up the perfume. Medium bodied, with round textures and an accessible personality, this will drink best at a young age.
Jul 13, 2012points - Tasted 4072 Views
2008 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Coffee, earth, cassis aromas open up this early drinking crowd pleaser that ends with flavors of kirsch and plums.
Mar 8, 2011points - Tasted 3676 Views
2006 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Soft, lush and plush, this licorice, coffee, vanilla and dark cherry filled wine is a bit on the oaky side. Drink this young as it's not going to develop much more complexity.
Nov 29, 2013points - Tasted 1975 Views
2005 Château de la Dauphine ( Fronsac)
Licorice, chocolate, black raspberry and black cherry aromas lead the way to a a rich, ripe, concentrated wine filled with gobs of lush dark berries, black cherries and fennel. From one of the best producers in Fronsac, this bargain priced Bordeaux wine made from a blend of 80% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Franc delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Personally, I prefer wines like this on young side. I'd drink it before its 10th birthday.
Jan 20, 2011points - Tasted 3765 Views