Dome 2019

St Emilion, Grand Cru

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Tasting Notes

Always Cabernet Franc-dominated from a single lieu-dit not far from Angélus, the 2019 Le Dome offers a wonderful purity and freshness, and it shows how good the vintage was for Cabernet Franc. Blackcurrants, violets, spring flowers, and damp earth are just some of its nuances, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful, seamless tannins, integrated acidity, and a great finish. The purity, precision, and balance are spot on. This is a gorgeous Cabernet Franc that will evolve for 20-25 years, probably longer.

Score: 97

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2022-2047 11 April 2022

The Cabernet Franc-dominated 2019 Le Dome comes from a single vineyard on the hillsides outside of Saint-Emilion, not far from Angelus. Offering a wonderful bouquet of dark black and blue fruits, spring flowers, truffle, and violets, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific sense of purity, elegant, silky tannins, and a great finish. This elegant yet also concentrated and structured 2019 is going to have upfront appeal given its balance and quality of fruit yet should also evolve for 20-30 years or more.

Score: 95 - 97

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2020-2050 11 June 2020

The 2019 Le Dome offers up rich aromas of jammy berry fruit, vanilla pod, caramel and milk chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, broad and velvety, it's seamless and polished, with an ample core of fruit, lively acids and a nicely integrated, harmonious profile that belies the overtly oaky and rather lactic nose. From the nose alone, the taster expects a monster; yet on the palate this Le Dome is actually surprisingly elegant, showing the results of a clear stylistic evolution over the last decade. Work on oak integration, however, remains to be done.

Score: 92

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2025 - 2050 07 April 2022

The 2019 Le Dôme was the last vintage vinified in the old winery before Norman Foster’s "spaceship" landed (the new winery is spectacular). I admire the aromatics here; the Cabernet Franc feels unrestrained and very expressive, almost Loire-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, nicely detailed, maybe less ostentatious than previous vintages – and all the better for it. This is an excellent Le Dôme that should offer two decades of drinking pleasure.

Score: 94

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2025 - 2048 01 February 2022

The 2019 Le Dôme has an expressive bouquet that really gets a handle on the Cabernet Franc: blackberry, loamy soil, delicate pressed flowers and a touch of cedar coming through. It is more understated but perhaps it has a more sophisticated bouquet than what you might have found a decade ago. The palate is medium-bodied with freshness to the fore and touches of tobacco and graphite infuse the black fruit. Tannic towards the finish with a vivid spicy/cracked black pepper aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. Superb.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024-2045 16 June 2020

The 2019 Le Dôme is absolutely compelling. All the elements are dialed up to eleven in a large-scaled, dramatic Saint-Émilion that has so much to say. Cabernet Franc is, of course, front and center at Le Dôme, as it always is. Black cherry, blackberry, mocha, espresso, lavender and dried herbs are all vivid in the glass. I would give the 2019 a few years to come together. It is hugely impressive in the early going, though.

Score: 96

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2026 - 2039 01 February 2022

The 2019 Le Dôme is a wine of pure and total sensuality. Far more restrained than it can be, the 2019 possesses tremendous nuance and plenty of intensity, but it is also less of a bruiser than it can be. There is so much going on. Striking Cabernet Franc inflections and structure reveal themselves with time in the glass. Vivid and wonderfully deep, Le Dôme has so much to offer for readers who can give it a few years in the cellar.

Score: 94 - 96

Antonio Galloni, 20 June 2020

A rich, fragrant red with aromas of mulberries, dark plums, chocolate, cedar, cloves, mushrooms and cigar box. Crushed stone, too. Full-bodied with fine, creamy tannins. Polished and velvety with an intense, perfumed core of dark fruit. Better from 2026.

Score: 96

James Suckling, Maturity: 2026+ 18 January 2022

Tight and tannic with lots of structure, yet it shows sweet, ripe fruit in the center palate. Really intense, fruity center palate here. Clearly up the the level of the 2016 and 2015.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, 29 May 2020

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Le Dome is a little closed and broody to begin, unfurling to reveal a profound core of preserved plums, fruitcake, chocolate-covered cherries and mocha with nuances of star anise, Sichuan pepper and cardamom. The medium to full-bodied palate is beautifully perfumed with loads of floral notes emerging among the black fruits, framed by remarkably soft, velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Gorgeous wine!

Score: 96 - 98

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, 18 June 2020

This is excellent, expertly judged and carefully extracted. It has its eye on long ageing but already the tannins are well defined and carefully brushed. I love the undercurrent of spice, edged with saffron and cinnamon alongside bitter black chocolate and tons of cassis. 80% new oak, 3.82pH. Harvest October 1 to 8.

Score: 96

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2027 - 2042 01 June 2020