TENTATION DE DALEM, FRONSAC
BORDEAUX, FRANCE 2017
Referred to as the “Tuscany of the Gironde,” the Fronsac appellation is experiencing a renaissance over the last decade, especially as its terroir has always been recognized for having high potential: stunning vineyards set on high slopes with soils that have more consistent limestone than Saint-Émilion, its famous neighbor (Decanter). Today the region’s top estates are doing their part, capturing this high potential while simultaneously remaining some of the best value to be had in all of Bordeaux. One such estate is Château Dalem, whose exciting wines are “pushing the boundaries” to help foster this renewed sense of interest for the region (Jane Anson). Producing a Grand Vin that’s an incredible value in its own right, Château Dalem started a second wine in 2008 that offers even another level of price to quality ratio. Today we have the Tentation de Dalem from the 2017 vintage, a highly rated gem that has an unbelievable Concierge-only price of $14.97 a bottle when purchased by the case!
Château Dalem is one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux, with the estate going back all the way to 1610. Remaining under the same family ownership until 1955, the property is now managed by Brigitte Rullier-Loussert, whose efforts include a full renovation and modernization of the cellars and wine-making facilities just this past year. The estate has 33 hectares of vineyards that are mostly planted to Merlot on soils of clay and limestone with a subsoil of iron deposits and a south/southeast facing exposure. Tentation de Dalem is 100% Merlot, hand-harvested from vines averaging 30 years old and partially matured in French oak for one year to maintain purity and freshness. With a potential 92 point score, the wine can be enjoyed immediately and offers aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, preserved plums and spice cake with a touch of forest floor. This is one you’ll want to stock up by the case (or two!). Don’t miss it!
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