Château Dalem is an estate winery in Saillans in the Fronsac AOC on the right bank of the Bordeaux region. The château dates from 1610, although Peppercorn describes ‘a comfortable 19th-century house in the classical manner,’ (David Peppercorn MW (1991, p.563). Its first and only change of ownership since then was in 1955 when it was bought by Michel & Brigitte Rullier. Michel Rullier was ‘in the vanguard of the Fronsac revival (David Peppercorn MW:1991, p.562). Since 2002 the estate has been run by Brigitte Rullier-Loussert. Other estates under the same ownership include Château de la Huste in the Fronsac AOC which was acquired in 1860.
Owner: Brigitte Rullier-Loussert.
Vineyards: In the mid-1990s there were 14.5 hectare of vines. On the côte [high ground], south-east of Saillans, facing south east and east towards the Isle river and Château Troplong-Mondot (miles/6.5 km away in St-Emilion). 5,000 vines per hectare (2,024 vines per acre). 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fronsac AOC, Château La Longua: Made from lots declassified from Château Dalem and Château de la Huste.
Fronsac AOC, Château Salem: 1992 More modern style of winemaking begins. | 1993 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. | 1994 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. | 1995 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. | 1997 Heavy shoot thinning required in this vintage.
F-33141 Saillans (Gironde), France