- Château Dauzac
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
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Robert Parker, August 2014,
A new, bright label and slightly heavier bottle are now in use at this property located at the southern end of the Medoc. The dense ruby/plum/purple-tinged, chunky, fleshy 2013 Dauzac is particularly well-endowed for the vintage. It offers blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of licorice and camphor in its well-made, medium-bodied, pure, nicely textured personality. Drink it over the next decade.
One of the least known of the classified growths, Château Dauzac nonetheless has a long, illustrious history tracing its roots back to the 13th century. However, it was the arrival of Thomas Michael Lynch in the 18th century who invested and expanded its vineyards that made it one of the more celebrated Margaux of its time. Over the years, it changed hands from renowned wine merchant Nathaniel Johnston to the Miailhes family. In 1988 inheritance tax forced them to sell the estate to French insurance company, MAIF, who still own the château today. In 1992, André Lurton was hired as manager and he has since considerably improved the quality at this once highlyadmired château.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.