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Le Dome, Saint-Emilion 2018

Le Dome

Case Format: 6x75cl

Max score: 97.0

While traditional Bordeaux chateaux mix together grapes from all over their vineyard, Le Dôme represents terroir in its truest sense, being a ‘single-vineyard’ wine. Le Dôme’s terroir has a single identity, and a real personality, that they do everything in their power to unearth. The result is a wine as rare in character as it is in quantity. Despite its grapes being hand-picked and hand-sorted, Le Dôme is a wine that you’ll be lucky to get your hands on. With a limited release of roughly 2,500 cases each vintage. Le Dôme
is made with majority (~80%) Cabernet Franc as if often referred to as ‘high-octane’ and ‘on steroids’, it opens it up to its freest and fullest extent – revealing a wine that is wild, opulent and fragrant as well as being rich, concentrated and lively. It’s a wine that drinks well after 3-4 years but stays alive for decades.

£748.00 IN BOND

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Jane Anson

With high expectations that this will be classified at the next round in 2022, and the new winery by Sir Norman Foster nearly completed, its fair to say that this is a good moment for Le Dôme. The high Cabernet Franc percentage makes its presence felt, and I suggset giving it the full 10 year ageing to really reveal all the nuances, but there is plenty to admire even at this early stage. You feel the grip and the verticality as it moves through the palate, and there is a lovely smoke, flinty edge that is coming to the fore alongisde the anis, clove and marzipan notes now the wine is in bottle. Imposing, as Le Dôme always is, with real presence and character. 80% new oak for malo and maturation. 3.82pH.

Jeb Dunnuck

While I dont think the 2018 Le Dôme hits the same heights as the 2010 or the 2016, its nevertheless a beautiful wine in every sense. Based off 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot brought up in the usual 80% new barrels, its a full-bodied, beautifully textured, seamless Cabernet Franc with loads of red currant, blueberry, and mulberry fruit as well as notes of cedary herbs, flowers, camphor, and new saddle leather. Always a singular, distinct wine given its high percentage of Cabernet Franc, its brilliantly concentrated and has ultra-fine tannins as well as a great finish. Haut Couture at its finest, its going to benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age, and I suspect, keep for 30 years or more.


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