Chateau Dauzac 2016: an exceptionally balanced Margaux
The Chateau Dauzac, Grand Cru Classe in 1855, is a red wine produced in the Margaux appellation. There are 42 hectares of vines that average 35 to 40 years of age. They benefit from a terroir that consists of ridges of deep gravel. This wine is aged in French oak barrels (68% in new barrels), and the wine sometimes received racking. The Chateau Dauzac 2016 is made from a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot.
After a mild start to the year, the sun and the heat finally settled on September 13 and the rains helped the grapes to ripen. The late summer allowed for a harvest of 21 days, the longest the estate has ever had.
The Chateau Dauzac 2016 combines richness and precision. It develops fruit scents on the nose and offers a dense and highly complex texture on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon gives this Chateau Dauzac 2016 a great balance between acidity and alcohol. To be consumed preferably between 2022 and 2027, but it can age until 2032-2042.
This comment is mainly intended to describe a given moment of the general profile of the wine. Note that over time, the wine may have other organoleptic qualities since it may evolve in the bottle.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Dauzac is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot picked at 45 hectoliters per hectare, picked 13 September and over the next 21 days, which is the longest ever at the property according to estate manager Laurent Fortin. The bouquet is tightly wound at first, then gently unfolds to reveal blackberry, briary, pressed flowers and light minty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin on the entry, quite firm in the mouth at first, but there is plenty of fresh, predominantly black fruit locked into this Margaux. It is taut and linear with a grippy finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015, perhaps without the same flair as the previous vintage, but I am certain that it will loosen its tie during élevage.