Château Dauzac is one of the oldest estates in Médoc, with vines first planted since the 12th century! Its reputation has been going through the roof over the past few years following heavy investments in the winery and in the vines, leading to a growing quality. The 2011 offers a classy nose of red fruit (raspberry, cherry), violet and cedar. Palate is very elegant, supported by a beautiful structure, spicy tannins and a fresh finish. A superb bottle that will also carry on ageing beautifully if you are a bit patient.
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
5th Grand Cru Classé
Dry Red wine
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
from now to 2028
2 hours before serving, ideally decanted
Braised red meat, mature cheese.
Clay and limestone
35 years old
18 months in oak barrels, over 50% new oak
|What experts say|
87/100 "The 2011 Château Dauzac, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, is actually not dissimilar to the 2010, albeit with less intensity and drive. This is nicely detailed and it gradually unveils attractive blackberry and subtle violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is satisfactory weight here for a 2011, perhaps not the finesse or mineralité of the previous vintage, but there is appreciable length on the lightly spiced finish. Enjoy this over the next 15 years."
88/100 "Polished and approachable, with plum and blackberry confiture notes that give way to a rounded, lightly toasted, licorice-tinged finish, A flash of mesquite lends just enough grip at the very end. Best from 2015 through 2020."
91/100 "There is an austere, serious edge to this wine, with its dark tannins and fine black-currant acidity. It is very structured and likely to age well. Drink from 2017."
1* - Very well-made wine