Beyond Bordeaux’s familiar list of big-name producers, there is a cast of supporting players who go about their business with little fuss, consistently turning out excellent wines at good prices.
Château de La Dauphine, Fronsac 2010
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Château de La Dauphine: 6,300 vines/ha
Lovely deep red with carmine rim. Very fine, robustly fruity nose with elegance and class to the fore, impressive ripeness in a restrained style, retaining florality and red fruits, still powerful and young with admirable structure, depth and everything in place for an assured future.
Stockist: £14 Fine & Rare
Taster: Steven Spurrier