Chateau Dalem Fronsac 2020 94pts Sustainable
94 Points James Suckling
Aromas of spiced plums and cocoa-dusted blueberries with hints of walnuts and dry earth. Medium- to full-bodied with layers of fine-grained tannins and a chalky texture. Structured and concentrated with a vivid and crunchy dark fruit palate. Pure and succulent with notes of spices and dried herbs with a lingering finish.
94 Points Vinous
The 2020 Dalem has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and light undergrowth scents, all very focused and beautifully delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, ripe but elegant, with plenty of freshness toward the finish. There is an effervescent quality about this nascent Fronsac that I love. A super Dalem that will age with style.
93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Dalem leaps from the glass with notes of ripe black cherries, juicy blackberries and stewed plums, plus suggestions of garrigue, star anise and chocolate mint. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of wonderfully pure, expressive black fruits, supported by plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with a spicy kick. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aging for approximately 14 months in French oak barrels, 52% new.
91 Points Decanter
Glass-staining violet colour, super attractive, with enticing floral aromatics. A little austere, this takes some time to work into itself in the glass but it is enjoyable once it relaxes and opens, offering damson fruit and wet stone texture.
91 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Beautiful as always, the 2020 Chateau Dalem has a pure, vibrant, and elegant, medium-bodied style to go with textbook notes of chocolaty red and black fruits, some leafy herb and earthy nuances, beautiful minerality, and fine tannins. This up-front, textured, nicely balanced Fronsac is drinking nicely today yet has another 7-8 years, if not a decade, of prime drinking ahead of it. Best After 2023.
91 Points Wine Spectator
Solid, with a core of dark cherry and red currant fruit laced with a taut, chalky mineral edge. Shows subtle tobacco and warm earth hints that dot the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Dalem was owned by the Laveau family, who were prominent wine merchants in Bordeaux. In the 20th century, the estate was purchased by a British family, the Leggetts, who continued to manage and improve the vineyard.
While Château Dalem may not be as well-known as some of the more famous estates in Bordeaux, it has received positive reviews from wine critics and has been recognized for its quality. The estate has been awarded various accolades and has a loyal following among wine enthusiasts who appreciate its traditional winemaking style and character.
Often described as classic, with a focus on balance, structure, and aging potential. They are known for their dark fruit flavors, firm tannins, and good acidity, which contribute to their age-worthiness. The wines of Château Dalem are typically approachable when young but can also develop and improve with proper cellaring
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