Chateau Dauzac Margaux 2016
Wine growing at Dauzac Labarde appears to go back to the 13th century, but it was not until the arrival of Thomas Michel Lynch in 1740 that the vineyard we know today was established. Acquired by MAIF in 1992, the vineyards were put under the control of Andre Lurton and his daughter Christine Lurton-Bazin de Caix. The density of plantation is 10,000 vines per hectare with plantings of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot. Two wines are produced: Chateau Dauzac 125,000 bottles and Chateau La Bastide Dauzac 140,000 bottles.
Tight and chewy with polished tannins and a extremely deep and dense center palate of fruit. Minerally and intense too. Really fine and precise. A nice follow through after the excellent 2015.
Tucked into the southern tip of the Margaux appellation in the commune of Labarde, home to Dauzac, Siran and Giscours, there are some increasingly interesting things happening here. This, for me, is one of the few Margaux that is clearly better than its 2015 counterpart. Planted to 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, they have introduced a second wine for the first time in 2016 and unveiled new cellars, both helping to focus on upping selection for the main wine. You get a full and frank attack of powerful black fruits, tannins with an astringency and life that is extremely promising, and acidity that absolutely accompanies and plays off the other components. There is a slatey minerality and salinity on the finish. A wine to watch under the direction of Laurent Fortin.
The 2016 Dauzac is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot picked at 45 hectoliters per hectare, picked 13 September and over the next 21 days, which is the longest ever at the property according to estate manager Laurent Fortin. The bouquet is tightly wound at first, then gently unfolds to reveal blackberry, briary, pressed flowers and light minty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin on the entry, quite firm in the mouth at first, but there is plenty of fresh, predominantly black fruit locked into this Margaux. It is taut and linear with a grippy finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015, perhaps without the same flair as the previous vintage, but I am certain that it will loosen its tie during élevage.