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Le Dôme




St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Le Dome, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2020

6x75cl £725.00

5 cases Equiv. £120.83 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Jonathan Maltus’ flagship Le Dôme is produced from a small plot next to Angelus. The blend is usually dominated by Cabernet Franc. Over the last two decades we’ve witnessed a revolution. Gone are the days of 200% new oak. This is no longer a garagist outsider, it’s now one of the establishment, producing traditional, dialled back St Emilion. Dark, sweet, blueberry fruit and toasty oak notes, all nicely integrated on the nose – controlled and classical. Crème de mûre and leafy blackcurrants are interspersed with bright strawberries and minerals, shot through with stones that slowly reveal fruit within. Firm, balanced and fresh, this is a classically styled Le Dôme bristling with power and intensity.

"Sappy, intense, beautifully fresh florals and well defined tannins, with the signature muscled broodiness of Le Dôme. There is a gorgeous chalkiness on the finish giving clear uplift without taking away from the generosity of the blueberry and raspberry fruit. New cellars, designed by Sir Norman Foster, will be opening fully for the 2021 harvest, and there is a hope that Le Dôme will be classified in next year's 2022 ranking (if so, this 2020 vintage would have the right to put it on the label). 80% new oak." 96/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"The 2020 Le Dome is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot with an alcohol of 13.9% and a pH of 3.69. The Merlot was harvested on September 29th, with the Cabernet Franc on October 8th and 9th. It is being aged in 80% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes storming out of the glass with thunderous scents of stewed plums, blueberry preserves and chocolate-covered cherries, followed by impactful, fragrant notions of rose oil, ground cloves, eucalyptus and pencil shavings. The palate is jaw-droppingly elegant, considering the power of the nose, featuring elegantly crafted black and red fruit layers with very ripe, finely grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Le Dome is from the JCP Maltus portfolio of skillfully crafted Saint-Émilion wines. Neil White is the head winemaker and Thomas Duclos is a consultant here". 97-99/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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