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Château Dauzac’s identity is first and foremost that of its contiguous terroir, characterized by a unique soil type and a dominant proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon.
This great wine shows a nicely complex bouquet, which is slowly revealed when aerated. The balance between the richness of the tannins and the aromatic amplitude of the fruit, with a nicely round and supple attack, makes it an archetype of great vins de garde.
The complexity, elegance and minerality of the Cabernet Sauvignon is predominant, complemented by the Merlot, which brings roundness and a smooth texture. A deep red color, Château Dauzac reveals a subtle balance between fruity, flowery and spicy notes and a complex, fleshy mouthfeel; the tannins create great emotion during tasting.
The nose reveals notes of ripe berries, flowers and soft spices. To the mouth, we discover the ample and powerful tannic structure of Château Dauzac, and its strong body. Perfectly balanced, this wine has great potential as a vin de garde. Over the years, it will develop aromatic complexity and incredibly delicate flavors, which are the hallmark of a Grand Cru with character.
Drought and cool temperatures contribute to optimal ripeness
The sum of summer temperatures in 2010 was close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but significantly colder than those of 2005, which totaled 1052°C. These cool temperatures had a substantial influence on the balance of our wines, preserving a good level of acidity and an attractive aromatic freshness.
Very little precipitation (only 267 mm) from March to August 2010 generating a drought of similar intensity to that of 2005, when only 227 mm of rain fell.
Another characteristic of the 2010 vintage is the low temperatures especially during the first three weeks of August, which allowed good acidity levels to be preserved in the grapes while maintaining an attractive aromatic freshness.