2000 Dalem, Fronsac

SKU #1060235 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A seductive soft, fleshy effort with medium dark ruby color, plump, fat ripeness, and a nicely textured finish ... (RP)  (4/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Lively aromas of black cherry and violet. Sweet, supple cherry/berry flavors enlivened by firm acids. Nicely rich and persistent on the finish, which features even tannins. (ST)  (5/2001)

Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous aromas of ripe fruit and perfumes. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a medium finish. Very silky wine. (JL)  (3/2003)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2016 | Send Email
Chateau Dalem is one of Bordeaux' oldest estates, dating back to the early 17th century. This right bank estate is made using 40 year old vines, 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. After the obligatory decanting period of about an hour, this beauty was really showing well: dark berry, black cherry and black licorice flavors ride amazingly smooth and plush tannins across the palate for a long lingering finish marked by soft acid. The fruit is still bold and structured after 16 years, so this bottle might last several more, but it certainly tastes fantastic today.‚Äč

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2011 | Send Email
Given outstanding reviews by Stephen Tanzer and the Wine Spectator, this medium-deep ruby-colored Gem, offers up black cherry to plum-like fruit characteristics, with medium toast and roasted coffee bean undertones. This fairly complex, elegant Bordeaux is drinking nicely now, but will age another three to six years, easily. This Gem is definitely one of the buys of the vintage, and will be one of our house reds for the month, according to Anderson. 13% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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