Château Dalem 2015 - A.O.C Fronsac
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91.1 sur 100 based on 6 Average rating of the Experts
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Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Dalem spent 18 months in part new and part one-year-old oak barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, crushed blackberries and plum preserves with a cedar and Marmite toast undercurrent plus a touch of beef drippings. Full-bodied and packed to the gills with youthful, crunchy black fruits, it has a firm frame and finishes a little woody at this youthful stage, but it should emerge singing in 2-3 years.
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Ma meilleure note donnée à ce Cru en Primeurs. Nouvel Outsider. Trois ans auparavant, j'avais demandé à la propriété d'organiser une verticale pour regoûter une dizaine de vins en bouteille. Je ne comprenais pas bien pourquoi eu égard l'application ressentie et ma connaissance du lieu, ce cru ne ressortait pas mieux dans mes dégustations. En 2015, la propriété me semble avoir trouvé la clé et gommé tantôt un manque d'éclat, tantôt un boisé trop dur. Voici donc qu'avec ce millésime (goûté 3 fois de la même manière), le cru retrouve le niveau de son glorieux 1990. Couleur sombre, intense et belle. Nez fruité, pur, crémeux, à la touche de cerise. Entrée en bouche finement moelleuse, puis le vin se développe très fruité et s'installe lentement en milieu de bouche. Il fond et évolue velouté et parfumé, avec beaucoup de goût. Bravo !
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Energetic, with briary tannins pushing a core of succulent plum, raspberry and blackberry preserve flavors along. Light spice, singed apple wood and tobacco notes fill in the background. Best from 2019 through 2030. 5,000 cases made.
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Gorgeous fruit here with balance and beauty. Full body, wonderful polished tannins and a fresh and clean finish.
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Soft, silky, fresh and plush, this feels great on the palate, has length and complexity. Plus it sells for a song for a wine of this quality! You can drink this young, or age it for over a decade.
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Beautiful 18th century mansion overlooking the Isle valley, the castle stands proudly facing Pomerol and the hillsides of Saint-Emilion.

It is surrounded by its vineyard created in 1610, and was owned by the same family for three centuries. It is transmitted in 1955 to Michel Rullier. For over forty years, Michel Rullier has modernized winemaking techniques to improve the quality of wines and to make them known throughout the world.

With his father for several years, his daughter Brigitte takes over the estate in 2002.

For following the international development, Brigitte Rullier-Loussert impresses her brand as a true professional on both the work of the vines and the winemaking methods.

Leading a loyal team, his work is recognized by the biggest international critics.

Know-how of Château Dalem

Oriented south / south-west, the vineyard enjoys a geographical location guaranteeing maximum sunshine. In addition, its privileged location on the top of hillsides also protects it from frost. Great care is taken in the management of the vineyard and this daily requirement motivates each technical decision. A large name of observations is made (pits, counting, trapping ...) in order to refine the cultural choices. It is at this price that it is possible to postpone the dates of the harvest and to obtain grapes with an optimal level of maturity.

A first selection is made on bunches from the harvest. After destemming, careful sorting is carried out on racks by an innovative air-gap system. The diversity of capacity of the vats of vinification makes it possible to isolate zones of equivalent maturity and to let express as well as possible the different soils present on the exploitation.

The breeding cellar, a veritable haven for the estate's wines, can accommodate malolactic fermentations in new barrels or wine. This breeding will last 18 months with the aim of sublimating the fruit of the wines thanks to this companion of charm that are the barrels.

The delicacy, the elegance but also the character

Brigitte does not try to make muscular wines, extracts and often too woody, it is not his vision of wine. Beyond fashion, she seeks the proximity of terroir to exalt her expressions, and develop a personality of its own. She tries to combine at best elegance, freshness, and balance with a touch of femininity. A wine that has density, material and remains elegant summarizes the perfect harmony.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Dalem
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    18 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    45 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    40% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2021 and 2035
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Fronsac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 18 hectares by Château Dalem. The average age of the vines is 45 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 40% of new barrels.


Asterite limestone predominates on the mound and the plateaus. The molons of Fronsadais marks the ribs and valleys. This typicity of soils is accentuated by the diversity of very rugged reliefs. The two rivers, Isle and Dordogne, protect the vineyard from spring frosts. The presence of many arbutus and holm oaks testifies to this privileged climate. The AOC fronsac is spread over the municipalities of Fronsac, Saint-Aignan, La Rivière, Saint-Germain-de-la-Rivière, Saillans, Saint-Michel-de-Fronsac, and Galgone.The average area of ​​the castles is 7 hectares.