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First harvest of grapes from Franc de Pied vines: a turning point in the history of Château Dauzac
18 October 2021
# L'instant Dauzac

In 2014, Château Dauzac bought a one-hectare plot of unplanted land in the grounds of a manor house. Electrical resistivity tests then showed that the terroir was composed of very deep fine gravel, corresponding to the top of the Labarde plateau.

This draining, unplanted terroir, protected from phylloxera aphids, was the unique opportunity to launch this major project to rediscover the original taste of Cabernet Sauvignon. A taste forgotten since the arrival of phylloxera in 1867, which devastated vineyards around the world.

The Château Dauzac team then carried out a rigorous massal selection (taking the shoots to multiply them and then replanting them) of its best Cabernet Sauvignons, from the Château’s best vines, to plant them in the autumn of 2015.

A viticultural challenge, but also one of style: that of rediscovering the original taste of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Grands Crus of Margaux with, by 2023, the creation of a dedicated cuvée.

Laurent Fortin – Manager of Château Dauzac

Wednesday 13 October 2021 marks the harvest of the first Franc de Pied vintage of Château Dauzac. The estate’s winegrowers waited for the grapes to reach their optimal maturity before harvesting them.

The vinification of this exceptional vintage takes place in the wooden vats with double transparent staves, so characteristic of the estate’s vat room.

A real return to the roots in the greatest respect for ancestral traditions. After two years of maturing in amphora, this rare cuvée will be unveiled in 2023…

Crédits images : Mr Mme Capture – Amandine Mottes