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Chateau Dassault St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with a history of the property, plus information on their wine making techniques and their terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and links.

Chateau Dassault was created in the mid 1800′s by a member of the Fourcaud family. The Fourcaud family are best known for creating Chateau Cheval Blanc. At the time of its birth, the estate started out life under the name of Château Couperie. That changed in 1955 when the Bordeaux wine estate was purchased by Marcel Dassault. Not only did Marcel Dassault completely renovate the entire St. Emilion estate and its vineyards, he also renamed the property as well. He followed the old custom of naming your Bordeaux winery after yourself. He rechristened the estate, Chateau Dassault.

Today, Laurene Brun is currently the manager of the estate. She is assisted by a team of consultants including Michel Rolland and Louis Mitjaville from Tertre Roteboeuf. The Dassault family maintains a strong relationship with Lafite Rothschild, as their wines are aided by distribution by Lafite Rothschild and the Dassault family owns a 5% stake in Chateau Rieussec and an equal 5% stake in Chateau L’Evangile. The family is also a minority partner in Chateau Cheval Blanc. The family fortune comes from the airline industry, they also own Dassault aviation. In January, 2014, the Dassault family added to their holdings in St. Emilion with the purchase of Chateau Faurie de Souchard from the Sciard family.

During the 1990′s, there was a problem with off odors in the wine of Chateau Dassault. That problem no longer exists. Following those problems, Chateau Dassault recently finished a modernizing of their, Right Bank wine making facilities with a renovation of their vat rooms.

The St. Emilion vineyards of Chateau Dassault are planted to 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon on a sand, clay and chalk terroir. The current vineyard blend shows a change as previously, the estate had larger plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon. That was reduced in favor of planting more Cabernet Franc. The vines average 35 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare.

The wine of Chateau Dassault is vinified in traditional, 60 hectoliter concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Chateau Dassault is aged in up to 100% new, French oak barrels for between 14 to 18 months, depending on the vintage. Production is close to 5,500 cases of Chateau Dassault wine per vintage. There is a second wine, Le D de Dassault.

In 2005, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chateau Dassault, they bottled a limited number of double magnums that were packaged in an expensive case and signed by the owner. In 2008, they produced a unique wine from three barrels, Cuvee Jean Pierre Vigato that was purchased exclusive by the well known restaurant Apicius. In 2012, the family added to their holdings with the purchase of La Fleur, which is also located in St. Emilion. They are also involved with wineries in Mendoza Argentina and in Chile.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Château Dassault

    1. Medium bodied, dominated by juicy, ripe, red berries, anise and spice, this will drink well on release. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Château Dassault

    1. Successful for the vintage, licorice, black cherries, coffee bean and vanilla scents open to a medium bodied, round, spicy, red berry filled, forward wine.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. As of 2010, the wine has begun to see malolactic in barrel and is aged in 100% new oak. With an assemblage of 80% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with spice and red berries, has a medium body and ends with a slight dry sensation with kirsch and black raspberry. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château Dassault

    1. Licorice, ripe dark berries, jam, coffee bean and earthy scents lead to a plush, ripe, juicy, delicious, plush textured wine that is one of the few 2010 Bordeaux wines that can be enjoyed in its youth.

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  4. 2009 Château Dassault

    1. Medium bodied with spicy red and black fruit, this lighter, traditional style of St. Emilion is tannic and dry in the otherwise, bright, fresh, tart, red fruit finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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  5. 2008 Château Dassault

    1. 08 Château Dassault is made in a light, early drinking style of St. Emilion. The medium bodied wine expresses fresh berries with a touch of oak, finishing with a pleasing kirsch note. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  6. 2006 Château Dassault

    1. Developing nicely and drinking in a good spot today, that is if you like, licorice, truffle, espresso and juicy, round textured black plums in every sip and swallow.

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  7. 2005 Château Dassault

    1. Medium bodied and displaying red and black fruit character, this slightly rustic wine ends with a bright, tart quality that others might like more than I did.

      87 points - Tasted
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