Dauzac 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

90-92

Wine Advocate

The 2020 Dauzac is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, aging in French oak barriques, 66% new. The alcohol is 14%. Deep purple-black colored, it sashays out of the glass with lively, carefree scents of kirsch, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles with hints of dried Provence herbs, graphite and damp soil, plus a waft of tobacco. The medium-bodied palate maintains a bright crunchiness to the fruit with just enough acidity and well-managed, approachable tannins, finishing with an earthy lift.
Drink Date
2024 - 2039
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

92-94

Neal Martin

The 2020 Dauzac has a harmonious black cherry, boysenberry and cedar bouquet, touches of iodine and violets emerging with aeration; this nose has a lot of panache. The palate is medium-bodied and quit dense, offering supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and superb mineralité and breeding on the finish, which is almost pixelated in style. This is an outstanding Margaux from the Dauzac team, one that punches above its weight.
- vinous.com

94-95

James Suckling

A full-bodied red with ripe-berry, chocolate and walnut character. Soft, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. I like the way that the tannins fold beautifully into the wine, so that you hardly sense them.

16++

Jancis Robinson

Full bottle 1,592 g and noticeably heavier than most. Cask sample with 'best before' date of end of April. Informative back label. Blend assembled December 2020. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot. 60% new oak. Vine age 35–40 years.
Black core with purplish rim. Rich, dark cassis and damson fruit overlaid with oak sweetness. Quite open on the nose. On the palate, the oak is more obvious, a little charry. Harmonious in its dark density. Long, cool, toasty finish. One for the long term. (JH)

89-91

Antonio Galloni

A heady, opulent Margaux, the 2020 Dauzac is loaded with inky dark fruit, crème de cassis, chocolate, lavender and sweet spice. This is an especially flamboyant style, but it works. There is not much subtlety here, that is for sure!

vinous.com

92-94

Jeff Leve

Dark in color, the wine is filled with flowers, blackberries, smoke, violets, licorice and earthy aromas. Lush, elegant, polished, sweet fruit fills your palate and leaves you with hints of bitter cocoa and supple textured, dark cherries in the finish. 92-94

91-93

Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of earthy red and black fruits, cedarwood, flowers, and chocolaty oak define the nose of the 2020 Château Dauzac. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has ripe, polished tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a beautiful texture. This is a quintessential, elegant, already complex Margaux that should drink nicely right out of the gate yet evolve for 15+ years.

93

Decanter

Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

An attractive welcoming nose, plenty of bright perky fruits with floral peony and rose aromatics. Still clear austerity in the tannins but wrapped up with balance, classicism and elegance. Feel some bounce through the tannins here, with the emphasis on a cool blue rather than ripe black side of the fruit. A yield of 47hl/ha. Ageing for up to 16 months.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2044