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History

This single-vineyard of three hectares is situated next to Château Angelus and represents the highest manifestation of Cabernet Franc in a wine of this level from Bordeaux. Eighty per cent of the vineyard is dedicated to this variety – the rest is old-vine Merlot.

The vines were planted in the 1950’s on sandy soil over an extended ironstone layer (crasse de fer). The yield is reduced by up to three runs of green harvesting. Concentration and definition are therefore the watchwords for this benchmark wine.

The production of LE DOME is not large at around 1,000 cases. What little exists, however is made with no expense spared in the pursuit of excellence.

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Winemaking

The grapes are harvested at the precise moment of ripeness, handpicked into shallow trays, and after double-triage are transported by conveyors into pristine wooden vats. Vinification involves both rotational pumping and pigeage. Secondary fermentation in French oak barrels is followed by a traditional approach to ageing.

 

Location Côtes, Saint Emilion
Grid Ref 44°53'42.79"N 0°10'44.88"W
Size 3.20 hectares
Soil Sand over Crasse de Fer
Varieties Cabernet Franc: 75% Merlot 25%
Wines Le Dome
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Le Dome -SURPRISE 100-POINTER IN PARKER’S 2010 RANKINGS

 

Wine critic Robert Parker has scored 10 wines from the 2010 vintage 100 points in a surprise turnaround.

Robert Parker

Robert Parker

Initially it was reported that only nine wines had secured 100 points and that one of them had never been awarded the “perfect” score before. Pichon-Longueville Baron and Vieux Château Certan were among the hotly tipped contenders to join the club.

The original 100-point wines were: Pétrus, Ausone, Lafite, Latour, Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion, l’Eglise Clinet, Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarosse) and Pontet-Canet.

When the 2010s were first reviewed en primeur, it was widely noted that the number of potential 100-pointers was significantly lower than it had been in 2009 and that a number of that vintage’s stand out wines were not included in the high-rollers in 2010.

These scores revise that analysis quite considerably. The surprise additions though are Le Dome (a Saint-Emilion producer of only 1,000 cases) and La Violette (a miniscule Pomerol estate).

Initially scored 94-96 and 94-97 respectively, Parker praised Le Dome for being “ethereal in its elegance and finesse” and, “has extraordinary purity and richness as well as a blockbuster finish of close to a minute, yet is so flawless, seamless and compelling”.

La Violette meanwhile had “awesome aromatics” followed by a “quintessential elegance married to almost unbridled density of fruit, all presented in a flawless and seamless concoction of full-bodied power, elegance and purity.”

It is, he continued, “one of the great classics” ever produced by the estate.

Neither wine has ever been awarded 100 points, Le Dome received 99 points for its 2009 and La Violette 98.

Parker himself on his website declared 2010 to be a “very great vintage” but he did not think it “exceeded in overall quality the Bordeaux that was produced in 2009, 2005 or perhaps even 2000.”

Nonetheless he said that it had “turned out” slightly better than 2000 and was at least “as impressive” as 2005. He noted as well that the present tannins had “softened considerably” and while not as soft as 2009 were more typical of the “classic” vintages 2010 resembles. Talking of prices, Parker acknowledged the high release prices but that he could not see prices softening “given the greatness of  the vintage” but also conceded that the market place was “dull” and “anxious” about luxury wines.

 

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 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Ausone 2007 / Dark ripe nose with leather, plum, mint, strawberry jam. Beautifully textured on palate with juicy sweet fruit, velvety tannins, a certain note of drier fruit like prunes and some woody notes. Classical and aristocratic texture with great complexity and length. Warm, ripe and big, but very finely balanced and precise. 

1y 5d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  61 wines 

“I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

1y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

1y 6m ago

 Mélanie Laurent / Sommelier, Pro (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“Our wine list includes 16 Bordeauxs from 2003 vintage - it is the best selling vintage at the moment.”

1y 8m ago

 Rob Bellini / Sommelier, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  42 wines 

“2011 tasting - Lafleur is perhaps the wine of the vintage:
Bottle is naturally in a excellent condition and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is wide, intense, refined, fresh, opulent and round. The taste is full, round, fragrant, firm, vigor, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with balanced and well-structured structure. On the palate it is layered and has floral, leather, new-oak, smoky, spice, truffles, vanilla and blackcurrant flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful, pure and spicy. This wine is almost as good as 2009 and 2010. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 3h before tasting. 98 points”

1y 10m ago

 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  12 wines 

“Colgin IX Proprietary Red Estate 2010 / Full 100 points / An intense, purplish ruby red colour. Extremely concentrated and stylish spicy nose, dominated by oak. Notes of ripe blackcurrant, fruitcake and coffee. Big and sophisticated structure comprised of medium acids, strong powdery ripe tannins and ripe berry. Long finish with undertones of spicy aromas, chocolate and coffee. Highly integrated alcohol in the mid-palate emphasised almost to the point of distraction at the close. All in all, an elegant vintage, with excellent tannic and acid structure. The current lack of intensive fruitiness means there is not a great deal of hope for long maturation potential. The wine's freshness does not do justice to the wine just yet, though. This beauty will improve within a few years and reach its perfection in an estimated ten years. ”

2y 2d ago

 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Le Dome . In a tasting of  29 wines 

“Another session at Finnish monopoly new release tasting. Whites had some decent surprises while the reds were pretty boring.”

2y 1m ago

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