2015 Dalem

Dalem

91Average Score
Red
2020-2040
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Scores & Notes
Average Score
91
Drinking window
2020-2040
Critic Notes

Gorgeous fruit here with balance and beauty. Full body, wonderful polished tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Mar 2016, JamesSuckling.com

Score: 92-93/100James Suckling

The 2015 Château Dalem is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that matured in 50% new oak. It has a very refined and energetic bouquet, beautiful floral scents filtering through the black cherry and red plum fruit, the oak well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, a sense of symmetry and focus here with a lilting, delicious, tensile finish. What a great Fronsac wine this will be. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2020-2040

Score: 91-93/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2020-2040

A well-built version, with a bolt of chalk down the middle supporting the core of black currant and bitter plum fruit. There’s ample grip and really solid energy throughout. Mar 2016, James Molesworth, www.WineSpectator.com

Score: 90-93/100Wine Spectator

Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Dalem spent 18 months in part new and part one-year-old oak barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, crushed blackberries and plum preserves with a cedar and Marmite toast undercurrent plus a touch of beef drippings. Full-bodied and packed to the gills with youthful, crunchy black fruits, it has a firm frame and finishes a little woody at this youthful stage, but it should emerge singing in 2-3 years. Feb 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 91-/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown

One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2015 Dalem is ample, succulent and absolutely delicious. Dark red cherry, plum, mint and licorice are all pushed forward. The 2015 is a delectable, joyous wine to drink now and over the next handful of years, while the fruit remains plump and juicy, but there is plenty of underlying structure as well. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Above all else, the Dalem should be a superb value. Proprietor Brigitte Rullier and consulting winemaker Christian Veyry have done a terrific job. Tasted two times. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com

Score: 89-91/100Antonio Galloni

Blackcurrant and coffee with a great deal of furry tannic grip on the palate. Clearly made to age, and isn’t as sleek as many 2015s. Finishes with an aromatic smoke character. Strong, potent. (RH) Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2020-2030

Score: 16-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2020-2030
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Fronsac
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
15%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2020-2040
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Fronsac
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
15%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2020-2040
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