2016 Dalem, Fronsac

SKU #1422573 94 points James Suckling

 There’s purity and focus to this Fronsac with blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Precise and pretty. A blend of 90 percent Merlot and ten percent Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2022.  (2/2019)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Deep plum purple-colored, the 2016 Château Dalem is another terrific vintage for this cuvée, which comes from an 18-hectare vineyard in Fronsac. Crème de cassis, classic oak, violets, and hints of graphite all emerge from this incredibly classy, balanced, seamless Fronsac that's up with the finest of the vintage. Beautifully balanced and layered, those that are oak adverse should give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar. It should keep for 10-15+ years. The 2016 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 40% new French oak.  (2/2019)

93 points Vinous

 The 2016 Dalem is a flamboyant, unctuous wine. Super-ripe black cherry, chocolate, blackberry, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice and incense all run though this opulent, unapologetically full-throttle Fronsac. Dalem is one of the most overt, voluptuous wines of the year. I find it utterly irresistible. Tasted two times. (AG)  (1/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Dalem (blended of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) leaps from the glass with notions of warm black cherries, chocolate mint and baked black plums plus hints of star anise, garrigue and cedar chest. Full-bodied yet possessing fantastic freshness and harmony on the palate, it has wonderfully vibrant fruit and a ripe, grainy frame, finishing with a compelling lift. (LPB) 92+  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin: "The 2016 Dalem has an intense bouquet of well-defined black cherry, raspberry coulis and marmalade aromas. The palate is well balanced with juicy ripe black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, plenty of freshness and fine attack on the finish. This is an excellent Dalem and comes recommended. Fronsac at its best." (Vinous, 1/2019)

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