Château de la Dauphine

Fronsac Merlot Cabernet Franc

8.929 ratings
9.31 pro ratings
Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
Stefan Dolhain

2015 vintage. A blend of Merlot (90%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). Certified organic since 2015 and now biodynamically farmed. The estate was bought in 2015 by the Labrune family, but it had a very good reputation before. This wine certainly does not disappoint. Smells like a mix of red and black fruit (raspberry, cherry, blackberry) with attractive floral hints and a discrete vanilla touch. In the mouth it has impeccable balance, the ripe concentrated fruit balanced by fresh acidity and probably the most civilised tannins I have ever tasted in Fronsac (they tend to be a bit rustic over there). This has class, great length and purity. Well worth the 22,50 price tag. The 14,5% alcohol is perfectly integrated. What's not to like?

2015 vintage. A blend of Merlot (90%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). Certified organic since 2015 and now biodynamically farmed. The estate was bought in 2015 by the Labrune family, but it had a very good reputation before. This wine certainly does not disappoint. Smells like a mix of red and black fruit (raspberry, cherry, blackberry) with attractive floral hints and a discrete vanilla touch. In the mouth it has impeccable balance, the ripe concentrated fruit balanced by fresh acidity and probably the most civilised tannins I have ever tasted in Fronsac (they tend to be a bit rustic over there). This has class, great length and purity. Well worth the 22,50 price tag. The 14,5% alcohol is perfectly integrated. What's not to like?

Sep 12th, 2020
Brooke Gannon

90% Merlot and 10% cab franc but the cab franc is really showing here. Very herbal with roasted jalapeño on the finish.

90% Merlot and 10% cab franc but the cab franc is really showing here. Very herbal with roasted jalapeño on the finish.

Mar 27th, 2022
Daniel Akers

Really balanced, firm tannins at first but then gives way to smooth elegance. Really nice.

Really balanced, firm tannins at first but then gives way to smooth elegance. Really nice.

Nov 29th, 2021
vinokeeno

2016 vintage. Really light nose of mint and dust. Medium heavy body. Full of Tootsie Roll, ripe plum and dark cherry flavor traits. Really nice QPR/Bang for the buck. Super-approachable and forward now but it’ll rock steady until you’re ready to tackle those cellared wines you’re eschewing from the new millennium. Would make a great event/party wine where varied (non) palates are in play.

2016 vintage. Really light nose of mint and dust. Medium heavy body. Full of Tootsie Roll, ripe plum and dark cherry flavor traits. Really nice QPR/Bang for the buck. Super-approachable and forward now but it’ll rock steady until you’re ready to tackle those cellared wines you’re eschewing from the new millennium. Would make a great event/party wine where varied (non) palates are in play.

Sep 22nd, 2021
Liz Bird

Loved.

Loved.

Oct 18th, 2020
J. Kim
8.5

Clinical and analytical, well-made with good intention but just does not have the terroir character.

Clinical and analytical, well-made with good intention but just does not have the terroir character.

Apr 29th, 2020
Adam Gregg

Was $30 for me, slightly bitter taste, but overall very good for the price and age. Fruit and berries aromas, and some dark fruit taste. Reminds me of a California red. Although it’s full bodied and dark I could see through it, not much texture in the glass, but good mouthfeel. On the dryer side.

Was $30 for me, slightly bitter taste, but overall very good for the price and age. Fruit and berries aromas, and some dark fruit taste. Reminds me of a California red. Although it’s full bodied and dark I could see through it, not much texture in the glass, but good mouthfeel. On the dryer side.

Feb 24th, 2020
Mono Head

At the Spectrum wine direct. Didn't rate. Dry and good

At the Spectrum wine direct. Didn't rate. Dry and good

Apr 29th, 2017
Batwabam

Batwabam had this 3 months ago

Batwabam had this 3 months ago

Feb 6th, 2022
ChriLe

ChriLe had this 6 months ago

ChriLe had this 6 months ago

Dec 2nd, 2021