Château Dassault 2016 - A.O.C Saint-Emilion Grand Cru-Classé
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This is sleek and refined, with a beautiful feel to the waves of cassis, dark plum and fig fruit flavors that glide through, inlaid seamlessly with black tea, dried anise and tobacco nuances. The long finish is well-focused, with the fruit offset by a lingering graphite note. Best from 2022 through 2035. 5,000 cases made.
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A layered and pretty young red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of chocolate. Medium-bodied, polished and velvety. Shows balance and potential.
points on 100
This is seriously tight on the frame with a tannic grip that feels more left bank. It's a good wine, extremely elegant and very controlled, no question that this is going to age beautifully. It's tight but the quality is great. Planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, always with a high proportion of new barrels, up to 85%.
points on 100
Very dark blackish crimson. Extremely ripe nose - almost brûlée, taken to the limit of ripeness. Then on the palate it's challengingly reminiscent of dried charcoal. Extreme! And not really comfortable to taste. Exaggerated.
points on 20
Style généreux et parfaitement maîtrisé, basé sur la vigueur et la disponibilité d’un fruit bien mûr mais sans lourdeur et surtout sans raideur : fraise des bois et menthe poivrée, floralité, volume et séduction.
points on 100
Petits fruits noirs, notes de pruneau, ronce floral. Bouche tonique, friande, gourmande, tannins amples et enrobés, finale graphite.
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The 2016 Dassault is an inky, powerful wine. Succulent red cherry, espresso, mocha, crème de cassis and chocolate abound. This is in an especially powerful, extracted style. Today, the tannins are huge and imposing, but if they settle down, the 2016 will come in at the higher end of my range.
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It is in 1955 that Marcel Dassault buys this domain on a crush. From the beginning, the investments go in the direction of quality, and in 1969 the Château Dassault logically enters the classification under Grand Cru Classé. Today it is Laurent Dassault who is at the controls of the estate, the grandson, who has taken over and who perpetuates a spirit of high quality by doing everything possible to achieve this goal.

A wine,a terroir

Château Dassault is a local wine. The maturity of the grape pulp is not enough, the teams of the estate look for an extreme maturity ranging from the skin of the grapes to the pips. So the best of the terroir can stand out, it's a permanent quest, a strength that deserves with additional amounts of care. Harvesting is done by hand in a crate to harvest the grapes with maximum delicacy and precision.

A work at the forefront in cellars

The Château Dassault has cellars at the forefront of what is best on Bordeaux. The delicate work of vinification takes place in concrete tanks of small capacity, allowing to receive separately each plot and to respect the personality. The wine is aged in new barrels at 80% (the rest of a vintage) for 18 months.

Château Dassault makes every effort to produce a very great wine. Every detail is taken into account, and everything is done to offer the best at each stage of the realization of the wine. The work in the vineyard is complete, accurate and the follow-up is total throughout the year. In the cellars the work is also based on the precision during vinification (thanks to the use of small concrete vats), then everything is done to offer the best wine aging (80% of new high quality barrels during 18 months).

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Dassault
  • Type of wine
    Classified Growth
  • Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Superficy
    29 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    75% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2036
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is made with a vineyard that has an area of 29 hectares by Château Dassault. The average age of the vines is 35 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 75% of new barrels.


If the name of Saint-Emilion shelters a fortified historic village registered in the World heritage of UNESCO, it also counts two appellations of controlled origin of world fame. Saint-Émilion and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (in this appellation, the wines can benefit from the mentions Grand Cru Classé or Premier Grand Cru Classé). Geographically intertwined, these two appellations enjoy a tremendous diversity of soils and subsoils and give wines of a great variety: supple, powerful, fine, fruity or mineral. If the areas of these two appellations merge, only the best wines are entitled to the Grand Cru appellation. All of them carry the values ​​of conviviality, authenticity and high quality.