2015 La Dauphine, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201259 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 La Dauphine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Having vexed about the 2014 last year, the 2015 is a much 'happier' sample, pure and quite elegant with black cherries, blueberry and cassis fruit, the new oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp blackberry and bilberry fruit with a healthy sprinkle of white pepper to spice up the finish. This is an excellent Fronsac, although it deserves 4-6 years in bottle. (NM)  (4/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Very pretty aromas of perfume, currants and orange peel follow through to a full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Solid and structured. Give it two years to soften. Better in 2020.  (2/2108)

90 points Vinous

 The 2015 La Dauphine is potent, but also remains relatively light on its feet next to other Fronsacs in this vintage. Inky red/purplish fruit, floral notes and spice are among the signatures. Sweet floral notes and silky, polished tannins add to an impression of finesse. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck

 A terrific Fronsac from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 La Dauphine is made in a medium-bodied, forward, easy-going style and offers lots of strawberries, plum, fruit cake and spice aromas and flavors. I wouldn’t push the aging curve, but it will certainly offer considerable pleasure over the coming 7-8 years.  (11/2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2016 | Send Email
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Black cherry aromas and flavors-has some tannin on the back.
Top Value! Drink from 2020 to 2030

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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