Château Dalem Fronsac 2009

Château Dalem Fronsac 2009

ws 91
  BN#442896
Category: Red Wine
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Region: France » Bordeaux » Fronsac
Producer: Château Dalem

Price:$34.99

in mixed case $29.74

SKU 38831

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Product Description

Grapes picked by hand when they are fully ripe and put in baskets. Sorted minutely before and after full destemming. Fermentation in concrete tanks with built-in thermoregulation which guarantees better control of the fermentation process. Long vatting period (3 to 4 weeks) for a slow and gentle extraction of the phenolic agents. Immediate running off into new oak barrels for the malolactic fermentation stage. The ageing process: 18 months in new barrels (having matured 1 or 2 wines). 40% of the barrels are replaced every year and toasting levels are selected for optimum enhancement of our wines' fruit flavors.

Wine Spectator

This has a dark, winey core of crushed plum, pastis and steeped black currant fruit, but it's framed by suave apple wood and tobacco notes and moves gracefully through the mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2013 through 2022. 3,500 cases made.

Score: 91, James Molesworth, March 2012

Wine Advocate

This is always one of the most fruit forward and seductive wines made in Fronsac, and given its success in the marketplace, there seems to be no reason to change that formula. The 2009 is a bigger wine than they normally produce, given the vintage's higher alcohols and extra glycerin and density. This blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc hit an amazing 15% natural alcohol, giving this wine a lofty, heady tactile impression, with loads of fruit and a sumptuous texture as well as plenty of blueberry, raspberry and crushed chalk-like minerality. Mineral notes soar from the glass and flavors. It is medium to full-bodied, wonderfully harmonious, with low acidity and nothing out of place. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Score: 89, Robert Parker, February 2012

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