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2020 Dalem, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539502 93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Beautiful transparency and depth of fruit to this, yet it remains so refined and polished with extremely fine tannins that are energetic and long. Medium-to full-bodied. Such balance and intensity. One of the best I had from here in the making. 95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Dalem has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and light undergrowth scents, all very focused and beautifully delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, ripe but elegant, with plenty of freshness toward the finish. There is an effervescent quality about this nascent Fronsac that I love. A super Dalem that will age with style. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Dalem leaps from the glass with notes of ripe black cherries, juicy blackberries and stewed plums, plus suggestions of garrigue, star anise and chocolate mint. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of wonderfully pure, expressive black fruits, supported by plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with a spicy kick. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aging for approximately 14 months in French oak barrels, 52% new. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2020 Dalem is a very pretty wine, a bit brighter and more aromatically intense than usual, and offering more red/purplish fruit and blood orange. One of the most refined, nuanced Dalems I can remember tasting. All the elements are impeccably balanced. Tasted three times." (6/2021)

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