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The Story

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 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.

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.

VINEYARD

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 Dôme - beautifully scented nose, incredibly constructed, voluptulous, precise and focused, amazing structure, complexity and length. Cabernet Franc (80%) rules here!. Great, great wine. 96+p.
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"Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose, prunes and chocolate, ""Ruby"" character. On the palate concentrated character, firm tannins, juicy fruit and very good length. A very modern style with slightly overripe aroma. "
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St Emilion, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Le Dôme 2015  ( Le Dome )

"Le Dôme - beautifully scented nose, incredibly constructed, voluptulous, precise and focused, amazing structure, complexity and length. Cabernet Franc (80%) rules here!. Great, great wine. 96+p."

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Le Dôme 2015  ( Le Dome )

""Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose, prunes and chocolate, ""Ruby"" character. On the palate concentrated character, firm tannins, juicy fruit and very good length. A very modern style with slightly overripe aroma. ""

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