La Dominique 2010

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Tasting Notes

The wine displays plenty of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, black currants, licorice, truffles and some espresso notes. Full-bodied, viscous and somewhat reminiscent of many 2009s, given its blast of fruit, glycerin and heady alcohol, this is a beautifully rich St.-Emilion for pleasure seekers. Don't discount its ageability, as I am sure it has two decades ahead of it.

The 2010 is a reassuringly great example of La Dominique after some less-than-stellar performances. This has always been one of the best terroirs on the Pomerol-St.-Emilion border, just adjacent to Cheval Blanc, and the 2010 could easily be the finest wine they have made since the 1989 and 1990. The final blend of 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc hit 14.5% natural alcohol.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

Probably the finest La Dominique made since the wonderful duo of 1989 and 1990, the explosively fruity, dense purple-hued 2010 offers notes of licorice, roasted herbs, truffles, black raspberries and blueberry liqueur. Full-bodied and unctuously textured with sweet tannin as well as good freshness and precision, it should drink well for 15-20 years. P. S. The final blend was 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc that achieved 14.5% natural alcohol.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The La Dominique has a forward ripe blackberry, briary, crushed stone-scented bouquet that is well defined if missing just a little personality. The palate is grippy and assertive on the entry. It is a dense La Dominique that is trying hard to make a good impression, although the finish is pleasant but just needs to say something. This is competent but not riveting, like so many recent vintages of this estate. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 90Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

The La Dominique has a very ripe, toasty nose with espresso and a touch of dark chocolate, the oak rather evident at the moment. The palate is rich and decadent on the entry, sappy red-berried fruit, cassis and dark plum, good acidity on the finish, persistent and ambitious. This may well merit a higher score after bottling, as it is difficult to taste at the moment. I remain cautiously optimistic. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

Polished and rich nose with dark deep fruit and dense minerality. Wonderful pure ripe fruit on the palate with a long layered texture and super velvety tannins. So good to drink already now, but tannins will soften over the next four years.

Score: 94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

This is super powerful, with amazing density and richness. Goes on for minutes. Full, yet reserved and focused. Best ever

Score: 94/95James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011

The sweetness of the black fruits gives richness on the nose and flesh on the palate. There is an underlying structure but the tannins feel ripe enriching mid and end palate.

Score: 90/94Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

You have to go back to 1989 to find a vintage as fine as this. Elegant, lifted, crushed berry fruit aroma and flavour. Ripe, precise tannins. Long, fresh, persistent finish. Drink 2018-2035.

Score: 17.5James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011

Very dark, concentrated blackish crimson. Meaty and very ripe aromas. But there is some refreshing minerality under all the ripeness too. Racy and fine boned. Really a very attractive, complete wine. Almost Côte-Rôtie texture! Very successful.

Score: 17.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

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