Château Dalem

Fronsac Merlot Cabernet Franc

9.0191 ratings
9.016 pro ratings
Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

An 18th century chateau, overlooking the Isle valley, facing Pomerol and the Saint-Emilion limestone hillsides, belonged to the same family for three centuries took over by Michel Rullier in 1955, and his daughter Brigitte took the helm in 2002. Dark Ruby with an array of berry aromas and smoky scents. On the palate plum and cherry flavors with cacao, tobacco and smoky cedar notes with herb spice. Firm chalky tannins, long finish ending with earthy mineral notes. Still tasting ok, but drink now!

An 18th century chateau, overlooking the Isle valley, facing Pomerol and the Saint-Emilion limestone hillsides, belonged to the same family for three centuries took over by Michel Rullier in 1955, and his daughter Brigitte took the helm in 2002. Dark Ruby with an array of berry aromas and smoky scents. On the palate plum and cherry flavors with cacao, tobacco and smoky cedar notes with herb spice. Firm chalky tannins, long finish ending with earthy mineral notes. Still tasting ok, but drink now!

Nov 5th, 2020
Ken Z
9.3

Nose of juicy blackberry, plum, and tobacco. Black fruit, earth, and tobacco on the palate. Long, dry finish.

4/22/9/4/4 +50 = 93 pts.

Nose of juicy blackberry, plum, and tobacco. Black fruit, earth, and tobacco on the palate. Long, dry finish.

4/22/9/4/4 +50 = 93 pts.

Oct 10th, 2019
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9.0

The 2015 Dalem is fabulous. A rush of super-ripe black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, spice, menthol and licorice gives the wine its exotic, super-ripe personality. There is not a whole lot of subtlety here, but the 2015 exudes notable richness in a flamboyant style that offers tons of near- and medium-term appeal. Tasted two times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

The 2015 Dalem is fabulous. A rush of super-ripe black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, spice, menthol and licorice gives the wine its exotic, super-ripe personality. There is not a whole lot of subtlety here, but the 2015 exudes notable richness in a flamboyant style that offers tons of near- and medium-term appeal. Tasted two times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

2 people found it helpfulMar 5th, 2018
Dan R
9.1

Hugely built, powerful Bdx showing sappy dark fruit on an iron spine. Coiled up like a spring, needs substantial time.

Hugely built, powerful Bdx showing sappy dark fruit on an iron spine. Coiled up like a spring, needs substantial time.

1 person found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2020
James Ayling

Lovely dinner with close friends! Full bodied, silky smooth plum fruit with tobacco. Give this a few years and it will be golden.

Lovely dinner with close friends! Full bodied, silky smooth plum fruit with tobacco. Give this a few years and it will be golden.

1 person found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2018
JJ Lumia

A great find. A little something for everyone to like here. Lots of blackberry fruit accented with pepper, smoke, and tobacco. Big and bold, yet interesting. A sleeper.

A great find. A little something for everyone to like here. Lots of blackberry fruit accented with pepper, smoke, and tobacco. Big and bold, yet interesting. A sleeper.

1 person found it helpfulJun 25th, 2017
Lauren Harner

Ridiculous value

Ridiculous value

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

An 18th century chateau, overlooking the Isle valley, facing Pomerol and the Saint-Emilion limestone hillsides, belonged to the same family for three centuries took over by Michel Rullier in 1955, and his daughter Brigitte took the helm in 2002. Dark red with wide rang of berry aromas and smoky scents. On the palate plum and cherry with cacao, tobacco and smoky oak with herb spice on a solid frame. Firm tannins lead to a lingering finish ending with chalky mineral notes. Nice value.

An 18th century chateau, overlooking the Isle valley, facing Pomerol and the Saint-Emilion limestone hillsides, belonged to the same family for three centuries took over by Michel Rullier in 1955, and his daughter Brigitte took the helm in 2002. Dark red with wide rang of berry aromas and smoky scents. On the palate plum and cherry with cacao, tobacco and smoky oak with herb spice on a solid frame. Firm tannins lead to a lingering finish ending with chalky mineral notes. Nice value.

Mar 12th, 2017
Kyle Groombridge

Insanely young and it showed.. After 24 hours decanting it softened and opened up. Touch of gravel and raisin on the nose, with thick black cherry on the palate in a classic big fronsac body. Gripping acidity.

Insanely young and it showed.. After 24 hours decanting it softened and opened up. Touch of gravel and raisin on the nose, with thick black cherry on the palate in a classic big fronsac body. Gripping acidity.

Nov 16th, 2014
Tom Kobylarz

Excellent and a great value!

Excellent and a great value!

Apr 19th, 2014