2016 Ch. La Dauphine Fronsac

91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
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A lush and dark-fruited Merlot from one of the best producers in Fronsac. Steeped in history, the La Dauphine estate sources this wine from their vines of 33 years average age, with very decent (low) cropping levels of about 6 tons per hectare. Close vineyard management includes leaf thinning on one side – letting in the dry and healthy morning sun while keeping the other side green for protection against the harsher afternoon light. Crafted in the winery by star consultant Michel Rolland, the result is pristine fruit quality and depth, with the dominant Merlot offering a mouth-coating dark fruit ripeness. Structure for aging is here too, but this is one of the 2016 Bordeaux that will decant beautifully on arrival. For less than $40 this is delicious.
$44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle


90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Its Origins

The château was built between 1744 and 1750 by Jean-Baptiste de Richon, a lawyer at the Parliament of Paris, and a Civil and Criminal Judge in the Duchy of Fronsac. Shortly after its construction, Maria Josepha of Saxony, the Dauphine of France (the wife of Louis-Ferdinand of France, who, as the son of Louis XV, was the Dauphin), and mother of several of the last Kings of France (including Louis XVI) stayed at the château for a few days. This event contributed to the property's reputation, which was named in memory of the Princess’s visit. In 1985, François-Régis Marcetteau de Brem sold La Dauphine to the Moueix family of Libourne (who also own Petrus, Château Trotanoy and Magdeleine). In 2000, Jean Halley (a former director and co-founder of the Promodes group) acquired Château de La Dauphine. Jean Halley, who died in 2011, and his son, Guillaume, undertook major investments to enhance the expression of the terroir and further develop the property's reputation.

What The Critics Say

89-91/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni

"Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and licorice infuse the La Dauphine. Powerful and deep in all of its dimensions, the 2016 is super-impressive. It’s made in an especially dark, unctuous, concentrated style for the appellation. Tasted two times."

89-91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin

"The 2016 la Dauphine, from the Famille Labrune, has a lifted and quite floral, almost Margaux-like bouquet that opens beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, smooth in texture, tightening up towards the slightly attenuated finish. This will probably require two or three years in bottle but there is good potential here." Drink 2019 - 2032

92/100 Wine Cellar Insider

"With deep color, you catch the floral, blackberry, licorice and vanilla nose first. The lush textures, freshness and juicy fruits in the finish make this wine already delicious, and it should age for a few years too." Drink 2017 - 2025

Variety Merlot
Region Bordeaux
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2017 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

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