Fronsac is one of Bordeaux's most underrated regions, producing wines of character and depth, and always great value. From its finest estate, perched high on a hill, this 93-point 2018 has superb fruity depth, chocolaty spice and texture. A top buy.
Beyond the Label
Velvety texture, with freshness and round tannins, intense fruit
Black forest gateau, baked plums, chocolatey spice, earthy
Fronsac's fine Château Dalem perches high on a hill, surrounded by its 14 hectares of sloping vineyards. It's an historic estate, with records dating back to 1610 and stayed in the same family until 1955. Michel Rullier then became owner and today it's run with great success by his descendant Brigitte Rullier-Loussert. Its vineyards are nearly all planted to Merlot, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc, and tended with meticulous care. As you can see from critics' scores (93 points from both Wine Advocate and James Suckling), it is a much admired claret and one that ages very well too. Matured in a third new oak, it has structure and length, but above all an appealing fruity depth. Perfect with roast meats or veggie toad-in-the hole.
"Blackberry preserves, wild blueberries and ripe, juicy black plums, with hints of dark chocolate"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown Wine Advocate, 93 points
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