Ch Dauzac 1982 – Margaux
Château Dauzac is a classified 5th Growth dedicated to the expression of its terroir, gravel soils beside the Gironde and capable of great ageing.
Cabernet Sauvignon dominates with its complexity, elegance and minerality, while Merlot adds roundness and silkiness. Always deep in colour, Château Dauzac expresses a subtle balance where fruits, flowers and spices are combined, with a complex body and tannins ensuring an emotional tasting experience.
The very good 1992 vintage is still providing good drinking.
“The nose was a very resolved old Bordeaux – leafy , earthy , truffulish just a bit of barnyard / it is a medium bodied wine with a rather thin palate but the nice savory mouth feel and smooth tannins made up for that / thoroughly enjoyable.”
About the Producer
Château Dauzac, a 5th growth Grand Cru Classé Margaux has 45 ha with the Margaux appellation and 4ha in Haut-Médoc. In the commune of Labarde, it is located near the Gironde estuary whose influence on the vineyard’s ecosystem is critical, the property is protected from ocean winds thanks to 120ha of meadows and forests.
The vineyards on deep gravel outcrops (layers of large gravel of varying thicknesses, remnants of old alluvial terraces, sitting on a sub-soil of clay and gravel) overlooking the Gironde are planted with 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Petit-Verdot The vines, average age 30-35 years, are trained “Double Guyot”.
Wines are aged for 12 to 18 months in lightly toasted extra-fine French-oak barrels, with approximately 60% new barrels to preserve the integrity of the fruit.
From 2017 the winery has eliminated the use of egg white to produce vegan wines (the first Grand Cru to do so!) along with a gradual shift to the very best of biodynamic agriculture with the ultimate aim of using techniques that best respect the terroir.
Château Dauzac is engaged in highly integrated farming using organic fertiliser. The ecological control of grape berry moths, introduced around 20 years ago, has prevented the need for insecticides. Grass is grown on some plots to better regulate the water supply.
Château Dauzac’s ecosystem is managed throughout the 120ha of non-vines, including the introduction of 15 bee hives.