Chateau Dauzac Margaux 2018
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PRODUCER: Château Dauzac, a Margaux ''Grand Cru Classé'' according to the 1855 classification, has the privilege of having a one-block 49 hectares vineyard: 45 hectares with the Margaux appellation and 4 hectares with the Haut-Médoc appellation. Located near the Gironde estuary whose influence on the vineyard’s ecosystem is critical, the property is protected from ocean winds thanks to 120 hectares of meadows and forests.
WINEMAKING: Harvesting is naturally manual, respecting the integrity of the fruit. Grapes are transported upstairs in small crates to take advantage of gravity and are carefully sorted twice. They are then put in a latest-generation grape stemmer preserving the quality of the grapes. Every plot is vinified separately in thermo-regulated vats, for the gentle and homogeneous extraction of tannins in the cap. Since 2015, the use of wooden vats with transparent double staves, designed by Seguin Moreau at the request of Château Dauzac, has provided insight into vinification by going to the heart of the vat, where fermentation takes place. Cold maceration lasts around eight days and is tailored to each plot and vintage, thus revealing the subtlety and complexity of this exceptional terroir. The Technical Director and Cellar Manager work particularly on the expression of press wines, with the support of computer-assisted vertical presses that contribute to a meticulous selection process, essential for complex blending.
TASTING NOTES: The 2018 vintage, with a level of quality seldom achieved, is characterized by hints of spicy, ripe cherry, very nice concentration and exceptionally silky tannins. Drinking at its best between 5 and 20 years of age, can keep up to 20-30 years.