An 1855 Grand Cru Classé of Margaux, Château Dauzac, is one of the estates that have experienced the most significant improvement in quality in recent decades. Thanks to the tireless work carried out both in the vineyard and in the winery, this magnificent property has become a true emblem of the Margaux appellation.
Enjoying a superb location in the Margaux appellation, on the left bank of Bordeaux, the Château Dauzac vineyard covers 45 hectares of vines planted on outcroppings of deep gravel. The vines are 35 to 40 years old on average and are planted at a high density of 10,000 vines per hectare.
The warm temperatures of March and April favoured an early budding of the vines, two weeks ahead of schedule. The soil work carried out in the spring by the vineyard teams allowed the vine to develop its root system in depth, thus helping it withstand the summer drought. While the hot and dry summer allowed for an excellent ripeness of the grapes, a slight water deficit due to the low rainfall naturally concentrated the grapes. Sufficient water reserves and the use of biodynamic preparations allowed the vineyard to face the summer drought in good conditions, up until the harvest of high-quality grapes, which took place under perfect sanitary conditions.
Vinification and ageing
Harvested manually, the grapes are sorted on the table before and after destemming. The vinifications of the Château Dauzac 2020 are carried out in a gravity-free cellar without sulphur and exclusively with yeasts found naturally in the vineyard. The wines are vinified in oak vats with double transparent staves, with the pumping of the wines avoided in order to optimise the maceration process. During fermentation, gentle pump-overs promote optimal extraction of the tannins, allowing the wine to gain in subtlety and complexity. The construction of the blend was made with very close attention paid to press wine. The Château Dauzac 2020 is aged in French oak barrels (66% new oak) for 15 months with racking according to tasting.
Endowed with a deep colour, the Château Dauzac 2020 seduces with its aromatic richness and tension, which characterises the greatest vintages.
The Château Dauzac 2020 can be enjoyed between 2025-2050, although it will also be able to age for several decades under the right conditions.