2010 Chateau Le Dome (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 90-93
Jeff Leve: 92-94
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine


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"Ripe, but very lively, with the blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit bouncing along nicely, while spice and fruitcake notes are already melding into the core. Shows judicious toast and ample length, with some serious power in reserve." (WS)

"This 1,000-case cuvee is always a candidate for having the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%) of any wine from Bordeaux. The balance is Merlot. A magical wine, the dense purple-colored 2010 exhibits notes of incense, camphor, blueberries, blackberries and spring flowers. With sweet tannin, medium to full body and the high percentage of Cabernet Franc, it should put on additional weight and provide plenty of pleasure over 10-15 years. It is a stunning example of what heights Cabernet Franc can achieve in St.-Emilion." (WA)

"(an 80/20 blend of cabernet franc and merlot; 3.8 pH; 14.6% alcohol) Deep ruby. Brooding aromas of strawberry, dark chocolate, mint and smoky oak, plus a hint of volatile acidity that adds lift. Rich and sweet on entry, then increasingly austere toward the back, finishing pure and long, with captivating cabernet franc red fruit and floral notes. This wine will need time to resolve its serious tannins. Le Dome's vines are located immediately to the west of Angelus. Owner Jonathan Maltus thinks it's the best Le Dome he's made yet, and he may be right. I liked its steely purity, but it's quite tannic today and lacking in generosity." (IWC)

"Le Dome 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot combined to produce what’s probably the wine with the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc from Bordeaux in the vintage. The wine reached reached 14.58% alcohol with a pH 3.8. A deep purple color leads into a licorice, floral, oak, and spicy blackberry perfume, plush textures and a finish that offers oak, coco and black cherries. About 1,000 cases were produced of this unique St. Emilion." (JL)

"Lots of bright berry and mineral aromas, with flower too. Full throttle, with lots of roses and blueberries and a long, long finish. Extracted but interesting.$$" (JS)