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Château Dauzac Red

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Rich tannins and softness make this wine an exquisite enigma. Powerful and delicate Dauzac wines never cheat and always surprise. They know how to age wonderfully.

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label château Dauzac 2012
Appellation : Margaux

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 63 % / Merlot 37%


Spring was very trying, with considerable rainfall leading to fungal diseases of all sorts. This called for very close attention in the vines until the 14th of July, when the weather changed durably for the better.

Tasting Comment


Purple with shades of violet.


A complex bouquet with notes of blackcurrant and mocha.


A dark fruit aftertaste with a lively attack producing an elegant freshness. An endnote of licorice with a lasting freshness that confirms the high quality of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The neat tannins are testimony to an ideal maturation.

Ratings and reviews

Bettane et Desseauve : 
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Evolved floral bouquet, very lovely texture, refined and subtle, clear Margaux character.

Jane Anson : 
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Medium intensity, pretty violet colour, quite underripe on the nose, not unpleasant but redcurrant and gooseberry, certainly the fresher scale of fruit aromas. Alcohol is too high on this, it does not have the balance of some and is sweet rather than juicy. Not fault, modern, flashy, will have some fans, but not once that I would buy myself. A wine for a good glass in a bar, but not for a bottle. Recommended. Drink 2016-2024.

Wine cellar Insider : 
 - Note : 
from 85.00 to 87.00 / 100

Medium bodied, soft textured cherries and earthy notes are found in this correctly made wine. Perhaps a few years of bottle age will add to the wines complexity. (tasted Apr 26, 2013)

The Wine Spectator : 
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 92.00 / 100

Quite ebullient, with an almost-jammy edge to the core of boysenberry and blackberry paste notes, lined with toasted spice, anise and melted black licorice. A solid, rather extroverted style. (James Molesworth)

Bordeaux en primeurs - (Matthew Jukes) : 
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
Jean-Marc Quarin : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Dark colour with good intensity. Fruity, ripe and aromatic nose. Very fruity, pleasant and flavoursome on the palate with average length and no rough edges. Very attractive.

Le Point : 
 - Note : 
from 16.50 to 17.00 / 20

Primeurs - Black fruit, spice, and fruit that is fairly candied on the nose. Round, soft, spicy, rich, round, full-bodied, velvety and very moreish, but full on the middle palate and with a marked black fruit character. O: 2017 – P: 12 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Weinverstand : 

Dark berry fruit on the nose, with pleasant freshness. Elderberry pulp. The wine is soft and well-structured on the palate. While very juicy, it is also noticeably hollow on the middle palate, which is surprising given the fruitiness on the nose. On the whole, well-proportioned and well-balanced. A good wine for this type of vintage. (Ulrich Sautter)

Gault et Millau : 
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Primeurs - Smooth, elegant and deep on the middle palate, this wine's most striking feature is undoubtedly its silky texture. A great success, with some blueberry flavours to make it even more delicious.

The Wine Spectator : 
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 90.00 / 100

Fruity and fresh with strawberry and cherry character. Medium body, with well-integrated tannins and a clean finish. (James Suckling)

Consumption period

2015 - 2030

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42.00 ha


Deep Gravel


Grape harvest

By hand with table sorting before and after destemming


Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia Gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

10,000 vines per hectare

Wine average age

25 to 30 years

Grape variety

Merlot 60% / Cabernet Sauvignon 40%.

Pruning type

Double guyot with debudding


In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system

Fermentation temperature

28° to 30°C



Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (50-80% new, subject to vintage) with racking each trimester

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Maturing potential

Expressive between 5 and 10 years, can age 15 to 20 years

Oenologist consultant

Éric Boissenot