Château de La Dauphine – Château de la Dauphine
WINE

Château de La Dauphine


A harmonious, generous wine, characterized, like Château de La Dauphine itself, by elegance and complexity.
Produced with the vines that grow on the hillsides, this wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 30% renewed each year, and has a substantial capacity to improve further with age.




Traditional ploughing, leaf removal on one side.
Green harvests, manual harvests.
Double sorting before and after destemming.
Concrete temperature-controlled vats.
Maceration : Average 20 days
Maturing in oak barrels (1/3 new): 12 mois
Consultant oenologist: Michel Rolland
Production : 120 000 bottles



Appellation : Fronsac
Area: 40 hectares
Soil: Clay-limestone on Fronsac molasse and asteriated limestone
Grape varieties: 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Density : 6,300 vines/ha
Yield: 40 to 45 hl/ha
Average age of the vines: 33 years


Food and wine pairing

Château de La Dauphine 2001


A deep scarlet red colour. Developed on the nose with elegant aromas of undergrowth and fresh truffle.
Full and mellow on the palate, with well-integrated silky tannins and very good extract. A pleasant freshness on the finish, with a hint of liquorice. A well-balanced, fully developed wine with all the elegance and complexity expected of Château de La Dauphine.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2018
Peak: 2013-2015
Decanting: No, serve immediately after opening.
Servicing temperature 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Mushroom quiche, chicken breast flavoured with summer truffles.

Château de La Dauphine 2002


A brilliant scarlet red colour. Aromatic, subtle and spicy on the nose, with aromas of cinnamon and gingerbread.
Still full and mellow on the palate with well-integrated velvety tannins. A touch of acidity on the finish and hints of cedar. The wine is fully developed and well balanced, full of elegance.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2018
Peak: 2013-2015
Decanting: decant just before serving.
Servicing temperature 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Velouté of butternut squash and chestnut, young Comté cheese, cheesecake.

Château de La Dauphine 2003


Deep scarlet colour with brick-red reflections. Fruity aromas of wild cherries in Kirsch on the open and elegant nose.
Full on the palate, very soft and fleshy. Chewy, but the tannins are well integrated with good mouthfeel and hints of cigar.
The finish is also fine, with good length thanks to the tannins. A rich and complex wine.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2018
Peak: 2013-2015
Decanting: No, but open 30 minutes before tasting.
Servicing temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Tagine of lamb with prunes, mille-feuille of foie gras with spice bread, coulis of Espelette pepper.

Château de La Dauphine 2004


A deep ruby red colour, which contrasts with the subtle nose with hints of cedar and white pepper. Silky and full on the palate with fine and well-balanced tannins.
A long finish, also with some woody notes. A well-balanced wine of great delicacy.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2020
Peak: 2013-2017
Decanting: decant two hours before serving.
Servicing temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Velouté of pumpkin with ceps, mushroom risotto, fillet of red mullet with a fricassee of asparagus and peppers in langoustine butter.

Château de La Dauphine 2005


A ruby red wine, expressive on the nose which combines strawberry and aniseed. Softly sweet and fresh.
Opulent on the palate with good structure. Hints of truffle and dark chocolate on the finish.
A young wine, but very complex and with a good life ahead of it.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2025
Peak: 2016-2020
Decanting: decant three hours before serving.
Servicing temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Veal fillets with cream of morel mushrooms and a selection of spring vegetables, Beaufort cheese, vanilla panna cotta with red fruits.

Château de La Dauphine 2006


The ruby red colour is less deep than the 2005. Subtle and understated on the nose, with toasty aromas and hints of leather and grilled almonds.
Round and supple, fresh on the palate with cocoa flavours and cigar box on the finish. A fully developed wine.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2020
Peak: 2013-2017
Decanting: decant one hour before serving.
Servicing temperature: 16°C

Food and wine pairing
Tapenade and goat’s cheese parcels, rabbit with spice bread.

Château de La Dauphine 2007


Bright colour, tending towards ruby. Expressive nose, with an elegant marriage of fruit and redcurrant, flowers and roses.
Fresh and rounded on the palate, with forest fruits like wild strawberries and a touch of heather
Very clean and very fresh on the finish, reminiscent of the liquorice sticks of our childhood. A well-balanced wine that keeps its promises.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2018
Peak: 2013-2016
Decanting: decant just before tasting
Serving temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Provençal tuna fondant with a tomato and basil coulis, crispy duck conserve with sweet onions, potato cakes with tomato conserve, tiramisu with strawberries.

Château de La Dauphine 2008


Clear and deep ruby red colour. Rich on the nose with acacia blossom combined with incense and mineral notes, such as pencil lead..
Open on the palate with very delicate tannins and aromas of tobacco and roasted coffee. This faultless wine is a classic Bordeaux.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2022
Peak: 2016-2020
Decanting: decant one hour or more before serving
Serving temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Slow-cooked lamb, vegetables with sauce, pear and chocolate frangipani.

Château de La Dauphine 2009


This vintage has a deep garnet red colour. Classy on the nose, very expressive signalling the wine’s great elegance. Powerful black fruit aromas like blackberry and blackcurrant combine with vanilla
Well structured on the palate, chewy, with red fruits but also dried fruits such as raisins. A charming and seductive wine with Tuscan characters.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2030
Peak: 2017-2020
Decanting: decant one hour or more before serving
Serving temperature: 16°C

Food and wine pairing
Parmesan biscuits with coppa and tomato confit, beef fillet in Bordeaux sauce with shallots, 4-year-old Comté cheese.

Château de La Dauphine 2010


Intense garnet red colour. A classy nose for this famous 2010 vintage, combining black cherry with a slightly acid note reminiscent of pear drops
Pure on the palate with an explosion of red fruit and tannin of great intensity, promising well for the ageing potential of this wine.
A treasure that you should have in your cellar, given the complexity and richness of this Château de La Dauphine 2010.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2030
Peak: 2022-2030
Decanting: decant two hours or more before serving
Serving temperature: 16°C

Food and wine pairing
Duck magret lightly smoked over vine prunings, caramelised apples with nuts, red fruit salad with violets, Mimolette cheese.

Château de La Dauphine 2011


An intense crimson red colour. Fruity on the nose, with red fruits and ripe strawberry
There are also subtle spicy notes, such as cinnamon. On the palate the wine is subtle and attractive, well balanced with tight tannins that will soften over time.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2025
Peak: 2018
Decanting: 2 hours before serving.
Serving temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Sirloin steak with red wine sauce, wild boar casserole.

Château de La Dauphine 2012


The colour is a deep crimson. Very fruity on the nose with notes of blackberry and blackcurrant marrying elegantly with cigar box aromas. Full-bodied and velvety on the palate. A seductive vintage.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2030
Peak: 2018-2024
Decanting: 2 hours before serving.
Serving temperature: 16°C

Food and wine pairing
Quail stuffed with grapes, 16-month aged Comté cheese.

Château de La Dauphine 2013


This wine has a clear red raspberry color. The nose is acidulous with notes of red berries. On the palate, the tannins are lively expressing a certain youthfulness that will settle with time.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until: 2023
Peak: 2020
Decant: 2 hours in advance
Serving temperature: 16°C – 18°C

Food and wine pairing
Tapas, bruschettas, charlotte raspberry and chocolate.

Château de La Dauphine 2014


Deep, glossy ruby red colour. The nose is quite delicate, presenting roasted notes and liquorice, with a fruity hint of Morello cherries. On the palate, there is plenty of substance, with a well-rounded, voluptuous structure. Good length, with a pleasant impression of sweetness on the finish.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until : 2026
Peak : 2020
Decant: 2 hours in advance
Serving temperature: 16°C

Food and wine pairing
Grilled "black pork" chop, aged gouda.

Château de La Dauphine 2015


Deep-crimson colour, almost velvet-like The nose is quite elegant, presenting ripe red fruits with spicy notes. On the palate, a well-rounded wine, with voluptuous structure. This wine has a beautiful potential of ageing as it is one of the greatest vintages of Bordeaux.

Drinking recommendations
Will keep until : 2030
Peak : 2025
Decant: 2 hours in advance
Serving temperature: 16°C

Food and wine pairing
quail with grapes, rabbit with wine sauce, osso buco