See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Château Dauzac.
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: SB 19 AG 18.5 SS 18.5
This 40-hectare property has passed through many hands since vines were planted in the 1740s. Today it is owned by the MAIF insurance group, which employed André Lurton to manage the property – surprising as his expertise is considered to be in white-wine production. In 2004 he turned over the management to his daughter Christine. Nobody considers this fifth growth to have particularly exceptional terroir, but it’s a wine that often shines in Decanter blind tastings. The soils are precocious, which can help the ripening in more difficult years. Generously oaked, Dauzac never lacks fruit and is at its best at between five and 12 years of age.
SB Dense cassis and liquorice nose; distinctly oaky, but not to excess. Very rich yet lifted and pure fruit with real intensity and flair thanks to excellent acidity. Irresistible energy and a long finish, with mocha and black fruits.
AG Stylish, floral nose. Defined, weighty, ripe fruit palate is sweet but not overpowering. Nice density and texture. Good finish with well-managed tannins. Wood a bit prominent just now but should soften well with time.
SS Fine, fragrant nose, all elegance and femininity, plus underlying cassis fruit. Lots of fruit, elegance of flavour with florality as well. Lovelyharmony, a very attractive wine with a good future.
Price £31–£39 Bibendum, Fine & Rare, Wine & Co
Judges: Steven Brook, Alun Griffiths MW and Steven Spurrier