Château Dalem 2016 - A.O.C Fronsac
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Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Dalem (blended of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) leaps from the glass with notions of warm black cherries, chocolate mint and baked black plums plus hints of star anise, garrigue and cedar chest. Full-bodied yet possessing fantastic freshness and harmony on the palate, it has wonderfully vibrant fruit and a ripe, grainy frame, finishing with a compelling lift.
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This has a good sappy feel to the kirsch and plum fruit flavors, which meld easily into a mix of licorice, fruitcake and tobacco notes on the well-toasted finish. Rather forward overall. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases made.
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Crushed-stone and blackberry character. Full and dense. Fantastic depth and purity. Tightly wound, silky ball. Better than 2015?
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From good terroir on the clay-limestone soils of the Saillan commune. This wine is carefully worked and softly extracted, showing firm black fruits, although it lacks a little vibrancy compared to the brilliant 2015.
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The owner is about to buy another 11 ha! 50% malolactic fermentation in barrique. Mild, and fruit is privileged over oak. Charming and very round. Maybe could do with just a little more structure. Sweet ink for the moment. Meaty.
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La froideur du cru tempère la générosité du millésime avec délice. Le nez est sage, au fruit élégant. L’élevage est juste. Belle finale sapide, rappelant l’intensité minérale de l’appellation.
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The 2016 Dalem is a plush, flamboyant wine. A rush of black cherry, plum, chocolate, menthol and licorice infuse this decidedly opulent, creamy Fronsac. One of the most extroverted wines of the vintage, the 2016 Dalem is also absolutely delicious.
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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 2023 and 2036
  • 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.