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Château Dalem

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2021 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 92
Fresh, soft, bright and packed with cocoa-dusted, crisp red fruits on the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, crisp and vibrant with ample sweet, dark red fruits in the finish. You can drink this on release. Dalem has been on quite a roll lately, and 2021 is no exception. Drink from 2023-2034. 91-93

Fresh, soft, bright and packed with cocoa-dusted, crisp red fruits on the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, crisp and vibrant with ample sweet, dark red fruits in the finish. You can drink this on release. Dalem has been on quite a roll lately, and 2021 is no exception. Drink from 2023-2034. 91-93

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2020 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 93
Licorice, espresso, chocolate covered plums, smoke and earthy aromas are what you initially notice. From there you find a boatload of silky, polished black and red fruits, coffee bean and cocoa that feels as good on your palate as it tastes. Fleshy, full-bodied, long and lusciously textured, this is already showing just great. With a few years of age, it is going to get even better. 92-94 Pts

Licorice, espresso, chocolate covered plums, smoke and earthy aromas are what you initially notice. From there you find a boatload of silky, polished black and red fruits, coffee bean and cocoa that feels as good on your palate as it tastes. Fleshy, full-bodied, long and lusciously textured, this is already showing just great. With a few years of age, it is going to get even better. 92-94 Pts

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2019 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 94
Flowers, crushed rocks, smoke, licorice, cherry blossoms and dark red pit fruits are all over the nose and palate here. On the palate, the wine is even better due to all of its silky-textured, seductive, fresh, ripe, mineral-driven fruits. There is length, complexity and freshness with a finish that leaves you wanting more. This is one of the best values in Bordeaux. It is a purchase by the case wine that you can enjoy for 15 or more years with ease. This is probably the best vintage of Dalem I have ever tasted! Drink from 2022-2037.

Flowers, crushed rocks, smoke, licorice, cherry blossoms and dark red pit fruits are all over the nose and palate here. On the palate, the wine is even better due to all of its silky-textured, seductive, fresh, ripe, mineral-driven fruits. There is length, complexity and freshness with a finish that leaves you wanting more. This is one of the best values in Bordeaux. It is a purchase by the case wine that you can enjoy for 15 or more years with ease. This is probably the best vintage of Dalem I have ever tasted! Drink from 2022-2037.

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Dark in color, the wine is full-bodied, lush, rich and supple. On the palate, you find loads of sexy, juicy freshness, dark chocolate and fruit that hits it just right, and the wine sells for song. 91-93 Pts

Dark in color, the wine is full-bodied, lush, rich and supple. On the palate, you find loads of sexy, juicy freshness, dark chocolate and fruit that hits it just right, and the wine sells for song. 91-93 Pts

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2018 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 94
Much better in bottle than in barrel, you can tell this is going to be great just from the nose with all its red, black and blue fruits, flowers, licorice and wet earth nuances. Sexy, silky, vibrant and fresh, the opulent character hits all the right notes. The wine is concentrated, rich and deep, with freshness giving lift to the non-stop layers of perfectly ripe fruits. The silk and velvet finish just nails it. This is the finest vintage of Dalem produced yet! The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Much better in bottle than in barrel, you can tell this is going to be great just from the nose with all its red, black and blue fruits, flowers, licorice and wet earth nuances. Sexy, silky, vibrant and fresh, the opulent character hits all the right notes. The wine is concentrated, rich and deep, with freshness giving lift to the non-stop layers of perfectly ripe fruits. The silk and velvet finish just nails it. This is the finest vintage of Dalem produced yet! The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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Plush, round, ripe, fruity and delicious. Here, even with all this ripeness and density, the truffle, cocoa and ripe, black fruits shine through. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 91-93 Pts

Plush, round, ripe, fruity and delicious. Here, even with all this ripeness and density, the truffle, cocoa and ripe, black fruits shine through. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 91-93 Pts

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2017 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 91
With a kiss of oak on the front end, the wine is deeply colored, round, fleshy, sweet, ripe, polished and fresh, leaving with plums, fennel and cocoa in the round finish. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

With a kiss of oak on the front end, the wine is deeply colored, round, fleshy, sweet, ripe, polished and fresh, leaving with plums, fennel and cocoa in the round finish. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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2016 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 93
Dark in color, the wine exudes flowers, deep, red and black pit fruits, silky textures, balance, freshness and length. The silky textured finish brings everything together.

Dark in color, the wine exudes flowers, deep, red and black pit fruits, silky textures, balance, freshness and length. The silky textured finish brings everything together.

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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.

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.

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2015 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 93
Soft, silky, fresh and plush, this feels great on the palate, has length and complexity. Plus it sells for a song for a wine of this quality! You can drink this young, or age it for over a decade.

Soft, silky, fresh and plush, this feels great on the palate, has length and complexity. Plus it sells for a song for a wine of this quality! You can drink this young, or age it for over a decade.

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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.

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.

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2014 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 89
Spicy, smoky, cocoa dusted plums, with a forward, easy drinking, soft, ripe, spicy, supple berry and licorice filled charm. 88-90 Pts

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

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2013 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 87
Soft, easy going, open and already drinkable, with its fresh, light red berry character. 86-88 Pts

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

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2012 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 89
A screaming value, with its plush, round, textures, ripe, juicy, black plums, licorice and round, textures.

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

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

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

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2011 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 88
Fennel, earth, plums and oak scents, medium bodied, fresh, bright red and black plums are found in the finish. 87-89 Pts

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

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2010 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 90
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.

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.

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2009 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 89
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.

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.

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2008 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 87
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.

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.

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2006 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 87
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.

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.

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2005 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 88
Fully mature, round, soft and ready to deliver all of its black cherry, smoke, licorice and earthy charm.

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

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2000 Château Dalem  (Fronsac) 89
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.

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.

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