Chateau Dalem Fronsac Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Dalem Chateau Dalem Fronsac Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Dalem History, Overview

Chateau Dalem is one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. The estate originated all the way back in 1610. Chateau Dalem remained in the same family ownership until it was purchased Michel Rullier in 1955. Today, Chateau Dalem is managed by Brigitte Rullier-Loussert. Brigitte Rullier-Loussert took over managing the property in 2002. The Rullier family has long ties in the Bordeaux appellation. They own other estates aside from Chateau Dalem in the Right Bank, including another vineyard in the Fronsac appellation, Chateau de la Huste. Chateau de la Huste has remained in the family hands since 1860.

Chateau Dalem Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 18 hectare vineyard of Chateau Dalem is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a big change in the vineyards. First the vineyard has almost doubled in size since it was last acquired. For the grape varietals planted, previously, the estate had devoted 10% of the vineyard of Chateau Dalem to Cabernet Sauvignon. Those vines have been removed and those parcels have been replaced. There is also more Cabernet Franc in the vineyard these days. The terroir is a mix of clay and limestone soils with a south, by south east facing exposure. The vines are old. On average, the vines are 40 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,000 vine per hectare to 6,600 vines per hectare.

To produce the wine of Chateau Dalem, the wines are vinified in traditional, temperature controlled, concrete vats. The vats range in size to allow for parcel by parcel vinification. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Chateau Dalem is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. In 2008, the estate introduced a second wine, Tenation de Dalem. The average annual production of Chateau Dalem is close to 5,500 cases per vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Dalem with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Dalem 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 Dalem is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Dalem is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Brigitte Rullier-Loussert is also in charge of another estate in the Fronsac appellation, Chateau de la Huste.

Château Dalem Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Dark in color, the dark chocolate, licorice and black cherry and vibrant, fresh, sweet and just, frankly, delicious in this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Pure bottled pleasure, with its silky, opulent textures, rich, ripe fruits and licorice coated black cherry finish, this is probably the best wine I've tasted yet from Dalem.

      92 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Spicy, smoky, cocoa dusted plums, with a forward, easy drinking, soft, ripe, spicy, supple berry and licorice filled charm. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  4. 2013 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Soft, easy going, open and already drinkable, with its fresh, light red berry character. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. A screaming value, with its plush, round, textures, ripe, juicy, black plums, licorice and round, textures.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Medium-bodied with a crisp red berry and anise-filled personality, this will drink well on release. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  6. 2011 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Fennel, earth, plums and oak scents, medium bodied, fresh, bright red and black plums are found in the finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  7. 2010 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. A solid Bordeaux value wine with loads of ripe black cherries, hints of vanilla, earth, licorice, jam and black raspberries. The wine is forward, lush, fun to taste and well priced.

      90 points - Tasted
  8. 2009 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Licorice, smoke, coffee, jammy plum and blackberry scents open to a rich textured, plush, full bodied wine, packed with loads of ripe, boysenberry and chocolate. This open, round, polished, value Bordeaux wine is already offering pleasure.

      89 points - Tasted
  9. 2008 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. No need to age this another day. This is on the brighter, fresher, red berry side of the style range, with more crisp, berries than usual. Medium bodied and ready to go, drink this sooner than later.

      87 points - Tasted
  10. 2006 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this open, accessible, medium bodied, easy going wine is filled with black raspberry, cocoa and licorice.

      87 points - Tasted
  11. 2005 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Fully mature, round, soft and ready to deliver all of its black cherry, smoke, licorice and earthy charm.

      88 points - Tasted
  12. 2000 Château Dalem ( Fronsac)

    1. Fully mature, which is as you should expect, as it approaches its 20th birthday in a few years. Truffle, tobacco, cherry and licorice, with spices are right where you want them. Round, soft, but starting to slowly fade, it's best to drink this over next few years.

      89 points - Tasted