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Chateau Dauzac History, Overview
The long history for this semi obscure, classified chateau dates all the way back to 1622, when the farm of Dauzac was owned by Jean Cousseau. His heirs sold the estate in 1671 to an order of Carmelite nuns.
Fifteen years later, a new owner, Pierre Drouillard purchased the estate. It was the Drouillard family, who after forming a partnership with the well-known Lynch family turned the former farm into a vineyard.
The Drouillard and Lynch families were already active in the Bordeaux wine trade as negociants. Together, they founded Chateau Dauzac. Pierre Drouillard died in 1708. In 1783, Chateau Dauzac was passed on to Jean-Baptiste Lynch.
If the Lynch family name sounds familiar, that’s because they were the founders of Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac. In 1863, Chateau Dauzac was sold to Nathaniel Johnston III, the owner of a negociant still in business today.
The Johnston family also owned Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou in St. Julien as well as Chateau Phelan Segur in St. Estephe. The Johnston family focused on selling the wines and delegated the wine making chores to Ernest David. By the end of the 19th century, Dauzac had become a laboratory for wine growing experiments and research that was headed by Ernest David.
In 1914, with the death of Nathaniel Johnston IV, the Johnston family suffered heavy losses. In the 1930’s, unable to overcome the economic hardships brought on by the great depression, they were forced to sell Chateau Dauzac. In 1939, Dauzac was sold at auction.
The new owner, a total newcomer to the wine world, Jean-Jacques Bernat was a well-known Bordeaux ice-cream manufacturer. Jean-Jacques Bernat brought new ideas to Bordeaux wine making from his expertise in the production of ice-cream. Notably temperature control of the vats using blocks of ice.
Chateau Dauzac The Modern Age
In September 1978, Chateau Dauzac was purchased by Felix Chatellier, who renovated the Medoc estate, restructuring the vineyard and wine making facilities. Stainless steel vats replaced the old concrete tanks while the 19th century buildings gave way to air-conditioned cellars.
The wine making was carried out under the supervision of Professor Emile Peynaud. In 1988, an insurance company, MAIF, acquired the estate from the Chatellier family. In 2002, the wine making facilities of Chateau Dauzac were modernized and a gravity based system was installed.
Unfortunately, on acquiring Dauzac, the MAIF company did not also acquire the staff who knew how to make the wine and properly manage the estate. They quickly turned to Andre Lurton who agreed to take over and manage the Chateau Dauzac. In turn, Lurton also purchased 42% of the property.
After twelve years, Andre Lurton stepped down in favor of his daughter, Christine Lurton de Caix, who took over running Chateau Dauzac. This branch of the Lurton family owns several other Bordeaux chateaux including Chateau Couhins Lurton and Chateau La Louviere in the Pessac Leognan appellation.
That arrangement remained in place until 2014, when MAIF decided to take over managing Chateau Dauzac and purchased all the shares owned by the Lurton family. Today, Chateau Dauzac is owned by MAIF and Credit Agricole Grands Crus.
Here’s a fun fact for you. For the 2016 harvest, Chateau Dauzac invited anyone that was friends with the chateau on their Facebook page to join in on the harvest! Yes, Chateau Dauzac has certainly embraced the modern era.
Chateau Dauzac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 42 hectare Chateau Dauzac vineyard is planted to 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. This is a change in the vineyard. Previously up to 5% Cabernet Franc was found in the plantings. But those vines have since been removed.
The age of vines are kept young, between 18 to 20 years. They have old vines, some of which are close to 80 years of age. But their old vines are not planted on their best parcels. Or with the correct rootstock, so slowly but surely, those vines will all eventually be replanted. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.
Experiments are taking place on a tiny, .6 hectare parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon that is planted on its own, ungrafted rootstock. These vines are farmed using 100% biodynamic techniques. Other experiments are taking place at Chateau Dauzac including a search for alternatives to copper treatments created from alge coming from the local bay of Arcachon created by ImmunRise.
The Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Dauzac has a terroir of gravel based soils in the southern end of the Margaux appellation. Part of what makes the terroir of Chateau Dauzac special is its access to the Gironde.
The proximity to the water and its southern position on the appellation gives Dauzac a slightly warmer micro climate, so they often are one of the first 1855 Classified Growths to harvest in the appellation.
Their best terroir is on the peak of tge gravel slopes known as the plateau de Laborde. This 25 hectare section of vines are the source of their Grand Vin
Not all of the estate is planted with vines. Chateau Dauzac is a beautiful estate to visit, for its parkland, lakes and greenery surrounding the chateau.
To make the wine of Chateau Dauzac, the wine is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. The wines are fined without egg whites as the estate uses plant based fining agents instead.
There is a second wine, Labastide Dauzac. Starting with the 2013 vintage, the name of the second wine was changed to Aurore de Dauzac. On average, the annual production of Chateau Dauzac is close to 18,500 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Dauzac are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005 and 2000.
When to Drink Chateau Dauzac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Dauzac can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Dauzac is usually better with at least 7-9 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Dauzac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-18 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Dauzac, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Dauzac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Dauzac is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Dauzac also owns a small, 5 hectare parcel of vines located just outside the Margaux region in the Haut Medoc appellation. The wine is sold under the name of Chateau Labarde.
Château Dauzac Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 38327 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Medium-bodied, fresh, soft-textured wine with nectarous fruits, earth and spice. Give this a few years to soften before you enjoy the juicy fruit finish.
1611 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Medium/full bodied, the wine is fresh, lively, silky and infused with all the sweet, ripe, red and black fruits, flowers and tobacco you need, before the perfectly, soft, round, fruit filled finish kicks in.
258 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Sweet, black cherries, spring flowers, licorice, earth and tobacco scents work perfectly with soft, round, dark, ripe fruits and silky tannins. 91 - 93 Pts
1517 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
|2014||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
With a roundness to the tannins, and freshness to the red red fruits, this should drink well early, yet, develop more complexities as this medium bodied wine ages.
2240 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2017
This is not a wine I taste often but I was truly impressed with this vintage, as the recent change in ownership/management has clearly made a difference. Round textures, ripeness in the fruit and a kiss of oak, this elegant wine finishes on a note of dewy, lusciously ripe berries. 88-90 Pts
2501 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
|2013||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Light, bright, and offering, simple, red fruits ranging from cherries to cranberry paired with floral notes, the finish is crisp and short.
1755 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2016
|2012||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Medium bodied, soft textured cherries and earthy notes are found in this correctly made wine. Perhaps a few years of bottle age will add to the wines complexity. 85-87
3778 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Short, medium bodied with bright red fruits, spice and earth in the dry finish. Definitely more interesting on the nose than the palate. The wine wa produced from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot, making it one of the largest percentages of Merlot in the Medoc.
2196 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2014
|2010||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Medium bodied, with more red fruits than black, the wine has freshness, but the blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot lacks ample ripeness and concentration.
4259 Views Tasted Feb 13, 2013
|2009||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
From an assemblage of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot, the wine opens with coffee bean, fresh blackberries, plums and floral aromas. Round, soft and concentrated, this fun to taste, reasonably priced Margaux wine was a surprise, as I do not see it often.
5705 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2012
|2008||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Young, masculine, firm, tannic, slightly more interesting on nose, with its floral, cedar wood, tobacco and blackberry notes, than on the palate, which leans to the austere side. This could improve if it softens with more age.
3045 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2015
|2005||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
Attention grabbing aromatics of flowers, black and red plums, cassis, smoke and licorice. Still tannic, this concentrated, round Margaux wine needs at least another 5-7 more years before it begins to express its personality.
6074 Views Tasted Aug 28, 2011
|2000||Château Dauzac (Margaux)|
This classic, old school, traditionally styled Margaux wine is medium bodied, slightly firm, fresh and lets you in on its cassis, tobacco, wet earth and red berry character. Ready to drink, there is a fresh, crisp tart edge to the red fruits in the earthy finish. Fans of this style of wine might enjoy it even more.
3388 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2016