2018 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. The 2018 Le Dome is composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, with a 3.82 pH and 14.3% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little coy in the beginning, requiring considerable coaxing to allow fragrant earth, rose hip tea, preserved plums and raspberry pie notions to emerge, giving way to notes of pencil shavings, woodsmoke and camphor. Full-bodied, firm and finely grained, the profound palate is sparked by energetic mineral and red fruit notes, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and just enough acidity to lift the very long, very fragrant finish. 97-99 Points