Chateau Dassault Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015
In 1862 Chateau Dassault was made by Victor Beylot and in 1955 Chateau Couperie was bought by Marcel Dassault who invested a lot of time in the renovation of the estate as well as putting his name to it. The estate is currently run by Laurent Dassault who runs it with the same passion as his grandfather. The area of the vineyard is 24 hectares with the grape varieties being 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Annual production is 70,000 bottles and the wine produced is Chateau Dassault with a second wine Le D de Dassault.
The 2015 Dassault is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and scented of prunes, cherry cordial and blueberry pie with underlying mincemeat pie and Chinese five spice hints. The full-bodied palate is packed with berry preserves and dried fruits flavors with chewy tannins, finishing just a little firm.
This flirts with the exotic, showing blueberry, loganberry and açaí berry flavors backed by dark, slightly briary notes. Not shy with its toast, but the finish is polished and integrated. The 2015 Dassault has a very ripe, blueberry and cassis-scented bouquet, licorice developing with aeration; this is a heady and opulent Saint Émilion driven by that ripe Merlot. The palate is sweet and rounded, layers of ripe dark cherry, menthol and chocolate-tinged fruit, leading to a finish that needs more freshness and finesse. This just feels a little overblown and for want of a better expression, trying too hard.
A very pretty wine with blackberry and dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, soft tannins and a walnut, berry aftertaste. Impressive.
An estate in full expansion over the past five years. This is powerful, intense, rich, ripe and high in alcohol, but it has excellent balance, and the silky-soft tannins manage to accompany the smoked oak step by step. It needs time, but is elegant and well-extracted. For me, this is the truly accomplished modern face of St-Émilion.