Chateau La Dauphine (Futures Pre-sale) 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Spectator - "A bright, lively, floral style, with lots of raspberry and cherry fruit. A floral edge hangs on through the long, licorice-filled finish.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points "
Chateau La Dauphine Winery
In 1709, J-F Proteau sold La Dauphine to the Olivier family. At the time, Jean Olivier was an advisor to the King and Chief Finances Clerk for Guyenne. La Dauphine remained in the same family for almost three centuries.
The château was built between 1744 and 1750 by Jean-Baptiste de Richon, a lawyer at the Parliament of Paris, and a Civil and Criminal Judge in the Duchy of Fronsac. Shortly after its construction, Maria Josepha of Saxony, the Dauphine of France, wife of Louis-Ferdinand de France (the Dauphin, son of Louis XV), and mother of several of the last Kings of France (including Louis XVI) stayed at the château for a few days. This event contributed to the property’s reputation.
In 1985, François-Régis Marcetteau de Brem, the last descendant of the Olivier family, sold La Dauphine to the Moueix family of Libourne (who also own Petrus, Château Trotanoy and Magdeleine). In 2000, Jean Halley (a former director and co-founder of the Promodes group) acquired Château de La Dauphine. Jean Halley, who died in 2011, and his son, Guillaume, undertook major investments to enhance the expression of the terroir and further develop the property’s reputation. View all Chateau La Dauphine Wines
About Fronsac(frahn-sak, can-nohn frahn-sak)
These two regions of the right bank are northwest of St-Émilion and Pomerol. Canon-Fronsac is located within Fronsac. The wines are quite similar, with Canon-Fronsac having a slightly different soil than Fronsac. They are another example of good-value Bordeaux, benefiting from close proximity to the river and good soils similar to their southern neighbors. In the past few decades, winemakers have made more of an investment in making high-quality wine from the Fronsac region.
Like most right bank wines, the principle grapes here are Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with some Malbec and even Cabernet Sauvignon in certain pockets. The wines produced from the area are fruit-driven, yet rustic. Like a good Pomerol or St-Emilion, the wines give ripe, rich, juicy fruit, but they can also have a rustic edge that helps them to last a few years in bottle.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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