Château Dauzac is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France, in the commune of Labarde. The wine produced here was classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
Château Dauzac has a long history stretching back to the early 19th century.
Félix Chatelier, who acquired the property in 1978, built a new cuviar, completely renovated the cellars and extensively replanted in the vineyards. In 1989, the M.A.I.F. (Mutuelles d'Assurances des Instituteurs de France) acquired the Château. They continued the investment and in 1992 handed over the running of the estate to André Lurton. It is now a family winery and owned by the Roulleau family.
Vineyards, Terroir, and Winemaking
Dauzac is located in the far south of the Margaux appellation and consists of 45 hectares of vineyard, planted with 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The age of vines is between 35-40 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.
The Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Dauzac has a terroir of gravel-based soils in the southern end of the Margaux appellation. The proximity to the water and its southern position on the appellation, and gives Dauzac a slightly warmer microclimate, so they often are one of the first 1855 Classified Growths to harvest in the appellation.
Their best terroir is on the peak of the gravel slopes known as the plateau de Laborde.
To make the wine of Chateau Dauzac, the wine is vinified in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months, and very little sulfur is added at every step from harvest to bottling. Quality is now at an all-time-high and Dauzac now represents one of the Médoc's shrewdest buys.