Le Dôme, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
The LE DOME Single Vineyard is situated in close proximity to CHATEAU ANGELUS, Premier Grand Cru Classe. Its origins have their roots in the 'garage' movement of the 1990's. It is one of the three Saint Emilion Grand Crus that outgrew the movement to go on to challenge the 'Cru Classes' each year.
LE DOME is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. The vines are cropped low at 30 hl/ha - 4 bunches to the vine ensuring concentration. The soil/terroir is sand over crasse de fer (iron deposits). These deposits, coupled with the south facing slope, ensure amazing drainage, keeping the vines seeking moisture.
LE DOME has two to three runs of green harvesting — at fruit set and veraison — ensuring that only the most perfect are sorted —firstly by bunch and then, after destemming, grape by grape. Only conveyors are used to transport the grapes and the wine is fermented in wooden vats after extreme cold maceration. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new French oak, and are aged in an air-conditioned cellar at 18 °C.
LE DOME is allegedly the biggest expression of Cabernet Franc of a Bordeaux wine – surpassing CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC and LE DOME’s neighbour, CHATEAU ANGELUS. We started making the wine in 1996, two years after our arrival in Saint Emilion. With only sixteen years of history LE DOME competes with the greatest and most historic châteaux of the Appellation.
WHAT THEY SAY
100 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE
"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."