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2018 Dalem, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1412715 93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is so energetic and vibrant with dark-berry and citrus undertones that lead the wine to a tight and linear finish. Medium body, pretty fruit and vivid structure. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Dalem (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) is deep garnet-purple in color and a little broody to begin, giving way to a core of baked blueberries, kirsch, redcurrant jelly and blackberry pie plus wafts of bay leaves and truffles. Full-bodied with bags of generous black fruit sparked by red fruit accents and a firm, velvety texture, it has a lovely refreshing lift on the finish. (LPB) 92-94+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Dalem has a very impressive nose of detailed red currant and raspberry fruit; incense and iris scents emerge with aeration. The medium-bodied palate delivers intense red berry fruit laced with spices and curry powder, well-judged acidity and a harmonious, silky-smooth finish. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers a gently steeped profile, featuring plum and blackberry compote flavors, lined with a light toasty thread. A tobacco note lingers. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. (JM, Web Only-2019) Inner quote mark

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Another successful Fronsac which is smooth and creamy through the mid palate with good fruits and rich roasted coffee bean notes alongside toasted oak, coffee and chocolate. It's definitely not taking its foot off the pedal in terms of extraction, but it is sexy and approachable and ready for pleasure, as the high alcohol helps wrap up the tannins. Drinking window 2022-2024. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From a south-facing vineyard overlooking the Dordogne river, the 2018 Château Dalem is a beautiful blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that will see 14 months in 40% new oak. It offers a ripe yet pure bouquet of blueberries, plums, graphite, licorice, and earth. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied Fronsac that has ample ripeness (it’s 15%), notable freshness and purity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to drink nicely for at least a decade. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

89-91 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Dalem is a powerful wine. Succulent dark cherry, chocolate, espresso, menthol and spice add layers of dimension. In 2018, Dalem is a little less opulent and extracted than it can be, and yet it offers terrific persistence and tons of personality. More than anything else, the 2018 has terrific freshness to play off its dense, rich fruit. Tasted three times. (4/2019)

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