2013 Dauzac, Margaux

SKU #1270842 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Laden with toasty wood flavors and potential fruit richness, this will likely be a fine wine. The blackberry fruit tones taste juicy and fresh on the finish. (RV)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A new, bright label and slightly heavier bottle are now in use at this property located at the southern end of the Medoc. The dense ruby/plum/purple-tinged, chunky, fleshy 2013 Dauzac is particularly well-endowed for the vintage. It offers blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of licorice and camphor in its well-made, medium-bodied, pure, nicely textured personality. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (8/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque purple-ruby. Pungently aromatic notes of geranium, lavender, cilantro and violet dominate black fruits on the nose. Light and smooth in the mouth, with fresh black fruit flavors and better balance than the almost too perfumed nose suggests. The long finish features youthfully chewy tannins and a strong saline quality, not to mention very good juiciness. (ID)  (5/2014)

Vinous

 The 2013 Dauzac is dark, juicy and explosive. Smoke, tobacco, cedar and black cherries are some of the notes found in the glass. Today the tannins are a bit rough around the edges. Otherwise, this is a solid showing. (AG)  (4/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the MĂ©doc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.