Want to explore what Brun is buzzing about? Try our favorite – Chateau Dassault St. Emilion Grand Cru 2003. Complex aromas of blackberry, smoke and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Solid wine here with plenty of ripe fruit and firm tannins. Well-structured and rich. Medium to long finish. Delicious. The sweet black cherry fruit is offered in an uncomplicated, spicy, earthy format. Exhibiting medium body, light tannin, and a fleshy mouthfeel, this is a corpulent offering to drink over the next 4-6 years. A deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by lovely aromas of black fruits, figs, and underbrush, an excellent texture, fine body, and well-integrated tannin as well as wood. Best paired with Brie en Croute. Free shipping on this item if you buy online from wines.com.
Laurence Brun who succeeded her father and was given the esteemed command of the Grand Cru Estate Chateau Dassault in 1995 which is pictured to the left. At the urgency of Laurent Dassault, she set up a major quality development plan. Fundamental work was undertaken, with drainage and replanting of plots where required. Mass selection to preserve distinctive features and identity of the oldest vines was also carried out, together with a return to pruning using the double guyot configuration, followed by bud removal to spread out the bunches of fruit on the vines.
She states that a sustainable approach to combating disease and leaf removal in two stages have contributed to the excellent health of the fruit, making it feasible to postpone harvesting to the latest possible date and thus achieve the ripeness required. Chateau Dassault produces wine characteristic of its terroir. Fruit with just ripe pulp is not enough for them; They are looking for extreme ripeness, from the grape skin to the seed. In this way, I can extract the utmost from this terroir and allow it full expression.