|92-94+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2018 Dalem (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) is deep garnet-purple in color and a little broody to begin, giving way to a core of baked blueberries, kirsch, redcurrant jelly and blackberry pie plus wafts of bay leaves and truffles. Full-bodied with bags of generous black fruit sparked by red fruit accents and a firm, velvety texture, it has a lovely refreshing lift on the finish."
92 FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Frische schwarze Kirschen, ein Hauch von reifen Pflaumen und Gewürzen, ein Hauch von Nougat. Saftig, schwarze Waldbeeren, frisch strukturiert, lebendig, mineralischer Stil, dunkle Kirschen im Nachhall."
90-93 WINESPECTATOR: "Offers a gently steeped profile, featuring plum and blackberry compote flavors, lined with a light toasty thread. A tobacco note lingers.—J.M."
92 DECANTER: "Another successful Fronsac which is smooth and creamy through the mid palate with good fruits and rich roasted coffee bean notes alongside toasted oak, coffee and chocolate. It´s definitely not taking its foot off the pedal in terms of extraction, but it is sexy and approachable and ready for pleasure, as the high alcohol helps wrap up the tannins."
93-94 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is so energetic and vibrant with dark-berry and citrus undertones that lead the wine to a tight and linear finish. Medium body, pretty fruit and vivid structure."
91-93 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Plush, round, ripe, fruity and delicious. Here, even with all this ripeness and density, the truffle, cocoa and ripe, black fruits shine through. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc."
90-92 JEB DUNNUCK: "From a south-facing vineyard overlooking the Dordogne river, the 2018 Château Dalem is a beautiful blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that will see 14 months in 40% new oak. It offers a ripe yet pure bouquet of blueberries, plums, graphite, licorice, and earth. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied Fronsac that has ample ripeness (it’s 15%), notable freshness and purity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to drink nicely for at least a decade."