2010 La Dauphine, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)
A bright, lively, floral style, with lots of raspberry and cherry fruit. A floral edge hangs on through the long, licorice-filled finish. (Web-2011)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This property, which has been on a qualitative roll, is one of the largest estates in Fronsac, and their wines are both easily found and fairly priced. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2010 cuts a larger, richer, more concentrated swath than usual without losing its elegant, rich, intensely fruity, lush style. A hedonist’s dream, it is a heady red to enjoy over the next 6-10 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-purple. Pungent, high-toned aromas of red cherry, minerals and flowers. In a delicate, floral style, with bright acids lifting its blackcurrant and red cherry flavors.
½*V Good entry. Lively black plum fruit. Very spicy. Trey Beffa says: "Bright, ripe and fresh. Tannins are ripe and integrated." And from Steve Greer: "Fragrant nose, spice and cassis, with a long finish."