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2011 Le Dome, Saint-Emilion (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Emilion
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Review Score: 94WA, 94JS, 94WE, 92V
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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I’m not sure you can still call this the flagship wine of proprietor Jonathan Maltus given the other top wines he’s producing. Le Dome, which is dominated by an incredibly high percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%) and the balance Merlot (20%), is a special effort that must be tasted to be believed. The 2011 boasts gorgeously juicy blue, red and black fruits intermixed with floral and spice aromas. This supple, velvety-textured, opulent, medium to full-bodied, ethereal St.-Emilion is another stunning effort. It is amazing how well Maltus does whether the vintage provides great raw materials, or if he is confronted with more difficult challenges as he was in 2011. Drink this brilliant effort over the next 10-15 years.

94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 212 - Apr 2014)

Wow. This is really well done for the vintage, with blackberry, dark-chocolate and mineral character. It’s full-bodied, with very integrated tannins and a long, long finish. It shows wonderful length. Try it in 2019.

94 points, James Suckling (Jan 2014)

This elegant and expressive wine shows perfumed Cabernet Franc flavors that come from the black fruits and concentrated tannins. It is full of ripe fruit, although the stylish nature of the wine dominates. Drink from 2018.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Jun 2014)

Good bright ruby. Fresh raspberry, crushed stone, orange zest and white pepper on the nose, complemented by an intense note of violet. Juicy and penetrating but youthfully imploded, showing outstanding precision to its very pure flavors of raspberry, red cherry, white pepper and blood orange. This has the inner-palate aromatic lift of a first growth. Finishes with outstanding verve and rising, palate-staining tannins that remain this side of dry. If there was ever a cabernet franc vintage, 2011 is it, and Le Dome (80% cabernet franc!) has taken full advantage. But this wine needs at least a decade of cellaring to gain in plumpness and become a bit more user-friendly. Jonathan Maltus notes that the cabernet franc at Le Dome is exceptional, but admits that "on its own, it would make for an undrinkable wine--tight and hard as nails--or a wine that would take forever just to become approachable, never mind enjoyable; the merlot helps make it a little juicier and rounder."

92+ points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (Jul 2014)