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Château Le Dôme, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2003 (750mL)
Le Dôme’s Jonathan Maltus knows Bordeaux better than most. The mysterious mogul owns an assortment of properties scattered across the Right Bank, but none so celebrated as the venerable Le Dôme—his crown jewel. Founded in 1996, the château enjoys the same enigmatic reputation as its owner, often unrecognized by all but the most attuned Bordeaux connoiseurs. Maltus is a famous lover of Cabernet Franc and it features as 80 percent of Le Dôme’s blend—one of the highest percentages in all of the Right Bank. The resulting blend is deeply rooted to the iron, sand, and limestone-rich terroir from which it springs. Experience the full force of Le Dôme’s sensual, sumptuous aromas rise out of the glass. It’s a concentrated, deep red at the core with a brick-red rim; Le Dôme wears its age well. Aromas of roasted bell pepper mingle with a wonderfully feral whiff of game and iron. It’s the type of nose that could only ever belong to a perfectly mature Bordeaux—full of dust and electricity in equal measure. There’s still the barest hint of pressed flowers to balance out the animal notes, and fruit takes the form of prunes and raspberry liqueur. The predominance of Cabernet Franc is evident in notes of dried oregano and a little cedar, giving the whole glass a fantastic aromatic lift even at 17 years of age. Tannins are substantial, dusty and broad, creating a diffused finish that lingers in the cheeks as much as on the mind.
- Sub-RegionSaint-Émilion Grand Cru
- SoilClay, Sand & Limestone
- BlendCabernet Franc 80%, Merlot 20%
- Oak80% New French
- Temp.Serve at 60° F
- GlasswareBordeaux Stems
- Decanting30 Minutes
- PairingRosemary/Garlic Lamb Chops
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