2015 Chateau De La Dauphine (750ml)

Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

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2015 Bordeaux: The Good News

"First, the good news: 2015 is an extraordinary vintage for the communes of Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Graves and Pessac-Léognan. Growing conditions in these areas were pretty much ideal for achieving grapes of full phenolic maturity, great poise and profound signatures."

Where are the bargains in 2015?

In particular, there is a huge amount of value to be had this vintage coming out of Fronsac, Saint-Émilion (especially grand cru level), Pomerol and their satellites as well as Pessac-Léognan. Apart from the fact that they enjoyed a pretty much ideal growing season, it is clear that these ACs have not been sitting on their laurels in recent years, and the amount of effort they have invested to up their games truly shines like a beacon this year. Sommeliers, restaurateurs and beverage directors around the world should have a field day purchasing 2015 wines from these areas at very reasonable prices and in abundance. As mentioned in my style comments above and below, stylistically there is something for everyone, and the quality across these areas in 2015 is reliably consistent.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown


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)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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