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2012 La Dauphine, Fronsac

SKU #1204219 90 points James Suckling

 Fresh and elegant fruits such as blackberries and plums. This is a medium-to-full-bodied red with fine tannins and fresh fruity finish. Needs a couple of years to soften. Better in 2017.  (2/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The acquisition of this well-known, beautiful estate in Fronsac by proprietor Jean Halley has raised the level of performance dramatically. The 2012, which tips the scales at a whopping 15% alcohol, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This is a major sleeper of the vintage. Dense ruby/plum/purple with sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruits, underlying minerality, a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and lush, heady texture and length, this is one of the best La Dauphines I have tasted. Drink it over the next 10-15 years, although it is capable of lasting longer.  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Black core, purple rim. Aromatic dark fruit. Vigorous, dense but fresh. Just the right amount of chew at this stage. Youthful harmony and length with a fine mineral thread through the fruit. Don't know the price but imagine this will be (good value). Drink 2017-2025.  (4/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Has a toasted frame and a good core of black cherry and blackberry paste flavors, supported by a backdrop of bay leaf and violet notes. Drink now through 2017.  (3/2015)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2015 | Send Email
This one is not holding anything back; it is a full, rich wine with the aromatics showing off its cherry and cocoa notes. The palate reveals its fullness with chocolate, kirsch and underbrush notes. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A steal at this price!

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