A fine red wine from Fronsac
Produced on a 15 hectare vineyard, Chateau Dalem is a red wine produced in the Fronsac appellation. The vines are 38 years old, on average, and planted on a terroir that is composed of clay, limestone, and molasses from Fronsac. The grape varieties produced are 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in barrels (50% are new).
The weather in 2016 was quite unexpected. After a mild winter, buds sprouted early, spring brought high levels of precipitation. This precipitation slowed down development of the wine. Flowering occurred at the beginning of June after a period of good weather. Summer was warm and dry, but the terroir allowed the grapes to reach maturation without any complications. The grapes finished developing until the harvest, which took place from October 7th - 28th.
Chateau Dalem 2016 is brilliant, a wine with great depth and incomparable finesse, thanks to the beautiful grapes produced using environmentally friendly viticulture.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Dalem, the Fronsac estate belonging to Brigitte Rullier-Loussert, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc cropped at 41 hectoliters per hectare. It has a well defined bouquet with blackberry and blueberry fruit, fine cedar and undergrowth aromas developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth and refined in the mouth with just a dash of black pepper on the silky finish. This may even surpass the impressive 2015 Dalem that I tasted last year.