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Chateau de La Dauphine Fronsac Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Dauphine

 

Chateau de La Dauphine Fronsac, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, 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

La Dauphine is owned by Guillaume Halley who bought the Bordeaux wine property from the Moueix familiy in 2001. Guillaume Halley earned his fortune as the owner of the Champion supermarket chain. Halley completely transformed Chateau de La Dauphine into a modern, 35 hectare chateau 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 chais 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.

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The 31 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau de La Dauphine is located in the Fronsac appellation. The terroir is clay and limestone soils. The vineyards are planted with 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 are also experimenting with biodynamic farming with a 3 hectare parcel of vines.

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 around the sides along with 8 central stainless steel vats for vinification. This allows the parcels to be vinified on a plot by plot basis. A  gravity-based system with a rotating walkway was installed to ensure gentle and consistent filling of the tanks. 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 Bordeaux wine per year. There is a second wine, Delphis, which is aged in 10% new oak.

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.  It drinks well young.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château de la Dauphine

    1. Fresh herbs, fennel and red berries, soft and round in texture, the wine exchanges depth for an ease of drinkability. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château de la Dauphine

    1. Soft, silky, lush, and forward, this will make for delicious, early, uncomplicated, well-priced drinking. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château de la Dauphine

    1. 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

      87 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château de la Dauphine

    1. 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

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château de la Dauphine

    1. 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.

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château de la Dauphine

    1. Coffee, earth, cassis aromas open up this early drinking crowd pleaser that ends with flavors of kirsch and plums.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château de la Dauphine

    1. 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.

      87 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château de la Dauphine

    1. 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.

      91 points - Tasted
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