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Fronsac is one of Bordeaux's most underrated appellations, often producing wines of depth and complexity at a fraction of the price of its more prestigious Libournaise neighbours. Chateau Dalem is arguably the best estate. Its 18th century château is perched on a hilltop, while its 14 hectares of vineyards are located on the slopes just below. The wines are predominantly Merlot based and are matured in oak barriques, a third of which are renewed annually.
These deeply coloured, well-structured clarets are rich in dense, black fruits, and often accompanied by spicy and sometimes chocolate nuances. They can be drunk young, though tend to show their best with approximately five years of bottle aging and offer great flavours and cellar potential.
2011 AOC Fronsac - Château Dalem
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon on chalky clay hills above Pomerol and but a few kilometres from St.-Emilion, the vineyards benefit from maximum sunshine. The consultant œnologists are the famous Michel Rolland and Christian Veyry. The wines have rich colour, good concentration and fine tannic structure. They are without doubt good keeping wines, whatever the vintage.
Robert Parker includes Château Dalem as one of the top Châteaux of Bordeaux and considers it to be one of the best wines of the appellation.