|Bordeaux||2010||Le Dôme New||BT||1 \ 0||12||2,600.00||12||12||288.888888||100.00||100.00||Dome||0.75||10|
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A full-bodied wine, but ethereal in its elegance and finesse, the wine has a strikingly provocative bouquet of camphor, blueberry jam, violets, new saddle leather, white chocolate and spice. Extremely full-bodied, but again, not showing any weighty fatigue or any type of aggressiveness, this wine has extraordinary purity and richness as well as a blockbuster finish of close to a minute, yet is so flawless, seamless and compelling, it's hard to believe the wine is this concentrated and rich. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but it certainly can be drunk in 3-4 years and, I'm sure, cellared for as long as 25-35 years from now.
There are 1,000 cases of this wine, which has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any wine in Bordeaux (80%). The balance is Merlot. The 2009 from Le Dome flirted with perfection, but this wine swallows the entire scoring system, and rightfully so
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.
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Le Dôme 2010 has a hedonistic bouquet with sensual black cherry, blueberry and crème de cassis scents that soar from the glass. The palate is intensely tannic and robust: unashamedly modern in style and yet I like the acidity that binds it together. Monstrously backward, this is a vin de garde that will need at least a decade to mellow because the oak is still quite conspicuous. Tasted January 2014.
The Le Dôme 2010 has a voluptuous bouquet with crème de cassis and blueberry jam smothered in vanillary new oak that is very well integrated (80% new rather than 100%). The palate is smooth and more approachable than the Vieux Chateau Mazerat, with opulent black fruit, rounded mouthfeel and a touch of white pepper towards the succulent finish. Very fine - showing more finesse than recent vintages. Tasted November 2012.
The Le Dome 2010 is 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, this is quite reticent on the nose at first, opening with blackberry leaf, briary, good mineralité and a touch of freshly tilled earth. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with saturated tannins, just a touch of spice, well-knit with a sweet, dark cherry and blueberry finish infused with fine mineralité. Excellent…a much better sample than 2009 last year. Tasted March 2011.
The 2010 Le Dome is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Deep garnet colored, it opens with notions of kirsch, baked raspberries and mulberries with touches of oolong tea, cigar boxes and dried herbs. Full-bodied, it has firm, chewy tannins and a lively line defining the evolving dried berries and earthy layers, finishing on a stewed tea note. Already mature, drink it over the next 15-18 years. 2020 - 2038.
The fruit fleshing out the nose is rich and ripe all apparently very black fruit in character. The mid palate sweetness is backed by firm but ripe tannins structured but not aggressive. The fruit at the back is layered first black cherry then riper plum underpinned by bramble.