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An elegant and complex wine from Fronsac
Overlooking the Isle Valley, a stone's throw from the town of Libourne, Chateau Dalem is a Fronsac estate located in the commune of Saillans. A property that has been active since 1610, this chateau has belonged for three centuries to the same family. In 1955, Michel Rullier was at the helm of Chateau Dalem until 2002, when his daughter Brigitte Rullier Loussert took over the running of the estate. Today, working alongside her son Charles, Brigitte Rullier Loussert continues to elevate the reputation of Chateau Dalem, which has benefited from the valuable advice of the wine consultant, Eric Boissenot, since the 2019 vintage.
22 hectares constitute the vineyard of Chateau Dalem. The vines were planted some 40 years ago on clay and limestone plateaus and hillsides.
The 2019 vintage got off to a good start with the promise of an early harvest. However, the cool, rainy spring slowed the growing cycle before the hot, dry summer announced a magnificent vintage.
The winemaking and aging
Manual harvest. Density sorting. Fermentation for 28 days. Malolactic fermentation. Aging in new oak.
The Chateau Dalem 2019 is a complex, juicy and very elegant wine, product of the great work carried out in the winery to enhance the freshness of the fruit.