The vineyards of Château Dauzac comprise 40 hectares of AOC Margaux, lying together, planted on deep gravel. The first vineyard on this site can be traced back to the 12th century, though it was not until the arrival of Thomas Michel Lynch in 1740 that the vineyard, which figures in the 1855 classification, existed as we know it today.
It was here at Dauzac, in 1885, that Ernest David, then estate manager of both Dauzac and Ducru Beaucaillou, perfected the "Bouillie Bordelaise", thus saving the european vineyard from mildew.
At the turn of the century Dauzac was being decorated with several prestigious awards and was placed hors concours at the Bordeaux Exhibition in 1907. The wines achieved such acclaim that buyers requested to purchase the entire crop.
The château was bought by the MAIF insurance company in 1988, and in 1992 they handed over the running of the estate and the Presidency of the Board of Directors to André Lurton.
M. André Lurton is probably the most important vintner-owner in Gironde. Indeed he owns and personally manages extensive wine-estates which are all in various Bordeaux appellation-controlled areas. He has brought château Dauzac not only his considerable experience but also his image as a producer of great quality.
The vineyard of Château Dauzac stretches over 40 hectares of deep gravel soil, overlooking the river, in the Margaux Appellation. The first appearance of vines at Dauzac apparently dates back to the XIIIth century, but it was not until the arrival of Thomas Michael Linch in 1740 that the estate assumed today's dimensions and that Dauzac appears in the 1855 "Classement officiel". Ernest David, then Régisseur of Dauzac and Ducru Beaucaillou, has gone down in history, along with the celebrated scientist Alexis Millardet, for having perfected a prophylactic mixture of quicklime and copper sulfate against mildew. Dauzac was the veritable birthplace, in 1885, of the "Bouillie bordelaise". The soil here is unique: surface gravel, clay or calcareous subsoil, and "alios", iron hardpan. Vines send their roots deep, seeking the elements which give Médoc wines their unique quality.
On the hillsides of the Médoc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes produce perhaps the world's finest red wines.
La Bastide Dauzac
The second wine, la Bastide Dauzac, comes from younger vines, or less well-exposed areas of the vineyard, but is vinified with the same care and skill at the first. A third label, Château Labarde, comes from a 5 hectares vineyard bearing the Appellation Haut-Médoc and vinified in the cellars at Dauzac. All the wines are aged in oak, the percentage of new barrels varying according to the characteristics of the vintage.
Chateau Dauzac 2000 Margaux Bordeaux, France
Aromas of roasted fruits, herbs, toast, and blackberries jump from the glass of this sweet, soft, opulent Margaux. Disarming and sexy, this ripe, round, mouthfilling wine reveals no hard edges. Earthy, ripe and decadent on the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, long, ripe fruit finish.
Wine Spectator Rating 92-94
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