2009 le dome, saint-emilion
Why We're Buying
"The 2016 Le Dôme is a brilliant, brilliant wine that does everything right." Those are the words of wine critic Jeb Dunnuck, who gave the vintage a perfect score. He wasn't the only one. Roger Voss also gave this flamboyant Bordeaux red blend a 100-point rating. This breathtaking offering deserves a spot in any portfolio of elite Bordeaux.
Comes at you very directly, with a wide beam of linzer torte and blackberry fruit, liberally laced with sweet spice and anise notes. This is plenty dense, though, with a strong roasted wood note on the finish, where a licorice snap edge lingers. From the frankly modern camp. Best from 2013 through 2024.
Loads of blueberries, with hints of wet earth and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Goes on for minutes. Best wine from this estate ever. Try after 2018.
A gorgeously perfumed wine, dominated by the ripest Cabernet Franc, combining richness and an intense structure. With its tannins, it will age well over many years. The fruit is finely textured, deliciously juicy, showing the most complex series of flavors.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the most distinctive wines made in Bordeaux, Le Dome has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any claret I can think of. Composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, it exhibits a certain delicacy and elegance (due to the Cabernet Franc component) in addition to resounding power, concentration, depth and multidimensional personality. Black/purple to the rim, it offers strikingly intense notes of spring flowers, raspberries, mulberries and wood smoke, medium to full body, sweet tannin and a cunning intensity and texture that suggest finesse and delicacy. However, the wine’s richness, length and lingering depth build incrementally in this exceptional St.-Emilion. It will be drinkable in 4-5 years and should age for two decades or more. This is Jonathan Malthus' finest wine to date.