The Halley family’s great ambition is to position Chateau de La Dauphine on a par with the best Libourne area wines in every vintage.
La Dauphine is nestled in a bend of the Dordogne River and is a high quality right bank estate in the under-rated Fronsac AC. The estate spreads over 31 hectares in a single plot. Its charm resides in its beauty and its hymm to nature. The equipment and techniques are the equal of any other in Bordeaux.
Medium bodied, with round texture and soft tannins. Plump and ripe, with licorice, black cherry, red plums, espresso bean and earth make up the perfume. Give it time to breathe and it will wear its youth well.
|Grape Variety||Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%|
|Food Pairing||This wine will pair well with red meat but also with dark fish dishes such as salmon and tuna, especially when grilled or moked and garnished with olives, mushrooms and herbs.|
|Service||Decant for a few hours and serve at 18°C/60°F|
|Producer||Chateau de La Dauphine|
|Winemaking||Conventionnal tillage, leaf thinning on one face.
Green harvest, manual harvest.
Double sorting table before and after destemming,
Cement tanks with controlled temperature.
Vatting: around 20 days
Maturing of separate batches in oak for 12 months (1/3 of new barrels)
|Soil/Vines||Clay-limestone, slay-silt on fronsac molasse
Average age of the wines - 33 years
Planting density - 6,300 vines/ha
|Harvest||Manual harvesting plot by plot from September 17th to October 6th 2009|
|Ageing Potential||Decant to enjoy now, or cellar up to 10 years|
“Blackberry and blueberry galore on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and beautiful finish. Rich, yet with finesse.”
Rated 90 - 93 by Wine Spectator, James Suckling – April 2010
“This 2009 is further evidence of just how much qualitative progress this large estate in Fronsac has made. Deep ruby/purple-tinged with loads of crushed rock, cranberry, and cherry notes, the wine has a creamy texture, medium to full body, and impressive purity and length. Drink it over the next decade.”
Rated 88 -90 by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, April 2010
“There is a mass of fruit on both nose and palate. Black fruits are in the ascendancy but under all of the richness there is the freshness of raspberry and red cherry. The black fruit richness packs out the finish.”
Rated 87-91 by Derek Smedley, MW (Co-Chairman International Wine Challenge), Bordeaux 2009 Tasting Reviews