About the Wine
Powerful and structured, worthy of aging, a wine that comes from one of the most reputable appellations in the world, listed in the most important wine classification, a wine with high accolades from some of the most important critics in the world, that is our 2016 Chateau Dauzac Margaux!
The story behind Château Dauzac is really intriguing. The Château dates from 1190, when Pétrus d'Auzac inherited these lands from Richard I, King of England. Over the years, the superb wines from Dauzac began to acquire an excellent reputation, becoming one of the favorites of the aristocracy; This led them to be recognized as 5th Growth Grand Cru Classe in the Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855.
Later in 1924, the Château passed into the hands of the same owners of the 2nd Growth Ducru-Beaucaillou. It was thanks to this family that Château Dauzac adopted the yellow color on its labels,a strong identity that is preserved to this day.
Throughout history, Château Dauzac has passed through different owners, from French businessmen to insurance companies; It is important to note that all of them have achieved important strides within the vineyard, winemaking, and cellar. All these efforts are clearly shown in the result of the outstanding wines that are produced at Château Dauzac to this day. As of 2020, it became the property of the successful French businessman, Christian Roulleau.
The Dauzac vineyard is made up of more than 120 acres, of which 111 have the Margaux appellation and the rest have the Haut-Médoc appellation. The vineyards are mostly made up of Cab Sauvignon, followed by Merlot and Petit Verdot. Château Dauzac has started to implement biodynamic principles, in addition to highly integrated agriculture and organic practices.
Éric Boissenot is the Rockstar wine consultant behind the 2016 Chateau Dauzac Margaux. Eric consults at forty of the 1855 Classified estates including Lafite,Margaux, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Leoville Las Cases, and Ducru Beaucaillou.
Aging: 15 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 65% new.
Tasting Notes: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot. The 2016 vintage is extremely rich and precise without being excessive, revealing bright fruit and a dense and complex raw material. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives it an exceptional acidity/alcohol balance that is an indication of a great vintage. Pair this wine with white meat, poultry, red meat, game, cheese.
“Blackberry, blueberry and sweet-tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, dense and layered with ripe tannins and a chewy yet polished, tannic finish. A young Bordeaux with plenty of structure and focus. A blend of 71 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 29 per cent merlot. Try after 2022.” ~94 Points, James Suckling.
“Yet again it's the richness and confidence of the construction that's clear here. Sweet fruit and high aromatics take their time to unfurl in the glass, revealing a clear pliability to the tannins. A great reflection of the investments and attention to detail going on at Dauzac.” ~94 Points, Decanter.
“This rich wine comes from one of the most southerly estates in Margaux. Although structure is certainly there, it is cushioned by rich black fruits. Juicy acidity at the end offers a fresher view of this ageworthy wine.” ~93 Points, Wine Enthusiast.
“The 2016 Dauzac presents an impressive bouquet of intense black cherry and bilberry fruit, crushed stone and wilted violets; the oak here is very well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and pliant in the mouth. The saline finish fans out with style. Very fine.” ~93 Points, Vinous.
“The 2016 Dauzac is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot picked at 45 hectoliters per hectare, picked 13 September and over the next 21 days, which is the longest ever at the property according to estate manager Laurent Fortin. The bouquet is tightly wound at first, then gently unfolds to reveal blackberry, briary, pressed flowers and light minty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin on the entry, quite firm in the mouth at first, but there is plenty of fresh, predominantly black fruit locked into this Margaux. It is taut and linear with a grippy finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015,perhaps without the same flair as the previous vintage, but I am certain that it will "loosen its tie" during élevage.” ~90-92 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“This is a frankly ripe and somewhat showy style, with waves of fleshy plum, blackberry and fig preserve flavors rolling along, laced with licorice and singed tobacco notes. Stays refined throughout, despite the showy fruit, with a light mineral edge peeking in on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2032. 10,000 cases made.” ~92 Points, Wine Spectator.
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