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Château de la Dauphine 2012 [RP 90]

Item Number 1781
Price $21.95
Size: 0.75L
Vintage: 2012
Score: 90
Provenance: Bordeaux
In Stock: 2

Product Description

“The acquisition of this well-known, beautiful estate in Fronsac by proprietor Jean Halley has raised the level of performance dramatically. The 2012, which tips the scales at a whopping 15% alcohol, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This is a major sleeper of the vintage. Dense ruby/plum/purple with sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruits, underlying minerality, a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and lush, heady texture and length, this is one of the best La Dauphines I have tasted.” Robert Parker 90 Points #218 Apr 2015

“Fresh and elegant fruits such as blackberries and plums. This is a medium-to-full-bodied red with fine tannins and fresh fruity finish. Needs a couple of years to soften.” James Suckling 90 Points

“The 2012 La Dauphine is certainly a head-turner. Rich, explosive and exotic, the 2012 possesses notable depth and concentration, with generous dark blue and black fruit and plenty of oak. This is a fairly overt style that emphasizes ripeness and sweetness over complexity. My sense is that this Fronsac property is capable of wines of another level, one that satisfies all the senses. Michel Rolland is the consultant.” Vinous

“Has a toasted frame and a good core of black cherry and blackberry paste flavors, supported by a backdrop of bay leaf and violet notes.” Wine Spectator

“A toasty blackberry and meaty nose with supple, juicy palate. There is ample fruit and a chewy rusticity.” Decanter

“Black core, purple rim. Aromatic dark fruit. Vigorous, dense but fresh. Just the right amount of chew at this stage. Youthful harmony and length with a fine mineral thread through the fruit. Don't know the price but imagine this will be GV.” Jancis Robinson

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