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Chateau de la Dauphine, Fronsac, Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Château de la Dauphine is in the region of Fronsac, just to the west of Saint Emilion, in Bordeaux in France. It belongs to the French business man Jean Halley who bought the chateau from the Moueix family in 2001. The Halleys (Jean and his son Guillaume) have invested massively in renovating the vineyards and the chateau (that is now a magnificent building to receive visitors) and have built a new chai (winery facility).
Chateau de la Dauphine is located in Fronsac and Canon Fronsac (which they no longer use though), two small and not so well known wine districts close to Saint Emilion. The vineyards are planted with traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc. The wine maker, Bernard Lamaud, has great ambitions for his wines and makes excellent claret in a modern style. The Halley family has made a fortune in retail and it is clear that they know a thing or two about how to market and sell their wines.
The property is relatively small, only 19 hectares. Looking at the winery and the investments one would easily think that it is a big vineyard. Instead, it is moderate in size, very skilfully run and relatively moderately priced.
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Bordeaux Fronsac Chateau de la Dauphine – stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson