Very pretty aromas of perfume, currants and orange peel follow through to a full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Solid and structured. Give it two years to soften. Better in 2020.
92 points, James Suckling (Feb 2018)
Offers an enticing core of plum, black currant and raspberry paste flavors that are mixed with light charcoal, licorice and singed alder notes. This has energy to match its range through the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2025. 9,600 cases made.
91 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Apr 2018)
This is a ripe, lightly toasty wine, rich with blackberry flavors and showing considerable weight. It offers a touch of licorice, a firm core and the potential to age. This is the first vintage under the Jean-Claude Labrune family for this 130-acre organic Fronsac estate. Drink from 2022.
91 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2018)
The 2015 La Dauphine is potent, but also remains relatively light on its feet next to other Fronsacs in this vintage. Inky red/purplish fruit, floral notes and spice are among the signatures. Sweet floral notes and silky, polished tannins add to an impression of finesse. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.
90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2018)