2016 La Dauphine, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299226 92-93 points James Suckling

 This is extremely structured and dense yet agile and energetic at the same time. Medium to full body, flanked by a linear backbone of tannins. Down on this.  (4/2017)

92 points Decanter

 This is probably the best wine ever produced at La Dauphine, loaded with brambly fruits and softly-spun minerality, taking it into the top tier of the appellation. They are now at 53ha of vines, making them a significant Right Bank player. Working entirely organically and biodynamically, this year a new plot has been included from up on the limestone plateau that was not historically biodynamic, so they have had to start the process of certification all over again. The blend this year is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. (JA)  (4/2017)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This wine is structured, dark and concentrated. With powerful tannins, it is going to be a dense and solidly constructed wine. There is power here in the abundance of rich fruit and spice flavors. (RV)  (4/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 la Dauphine, from the Famille Labrune, has a lifted and quite floral, almost Margaux-like bouquet that opens beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, smooth in texture, tightening up towards the slightly attenuated finish. This will probably require two or three years in bottle but there is good potential here, even if it does not quite excite as much as last year's 2015. (NM)  (4/2017)

89-91 points Vinous

 Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and licorice infuse the La Dauphine. Powerful and deep in all of its dimensions, the 2016 is super-impressive. It’s made in an especially dark, unctuous, concentrated style for the appellation. Tasted two times. (AG)  (4/2017)

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