Chateau Dauzac Margaux [Pre-arrival] 2019
JS94-95: This is linear and tight with beautiful concentration of tannins and dark fruit, as well as tar and dark chocolate. Full, yet racy and long. Very solid and structured with tannins that integrate well into the wine. Better than the 2018.
WA91-93+: Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, harvested from the 17th of September to the 10th of October, the 2019 Dauzac is aging in French oak barriques, 66% new. It weighs in at 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it soars out of the glass with vibrant notes of warm plums, fresh blackcurrants and redcurrant jelly with nuances of Indian spices, candied violets, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruits with loads of spicy accents and a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and refreshing.
VM91-93: The 2019 Dauzac, a Margaux château recently sold to French businessman Christian Rolleau, was picked from 17 September to 10 October at 48hl/ha and matured in 66% new oak. The aromatics take a minute or two to cohere, eventually offering pastille-like red fruit mixed with light sous-bois and tobacco scents. The palate is fresh and fleshy on the entry, much more open for business compared to the nose. Winemaker Laurent Fortin has imbued this Margaux with superb salinity. I admire the spiciness on the finish. Excellent. This could be one of the appelation's best values.