2005 Ch Le Dome
Bright ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, plum, licorice and beefsteak tomato, with cooler notes of menthol and violet in the background. Large-scaled, rich and very ripe, with sweet, inviting flavors of plum, mocha, caramel and tobacco framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with powerful but ripe tannins and excellent length. This is impressive but appears to be in a somewhat sullen stage; on this day, I found it a bit less bright and gripping than the bottle of Les Asteries I tasted alongside it. But this needs some patience. (Incidentally, I enjoyed a bottle of the 2002 Le Dome in Bordeaux this spring and rated it a solid 90 points; my original score had been 88+?.). 92 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 08
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Has green olive, licorice and cut-wood aromas, with plenty of plum and crushed berry character. Full-bodied, with round, polished tannins and a beautiful finish. A real crowd-pleaser. Best after 2012. 1,000 cases made. –JS
March 31, 2008
2005 Le Dome
From the famous flagship estate of Jonathan Malthus, this wine normally has about 75% or more Cabernet Franc in the blend and the rest Merlot. With the great aromatic expression of the vintage, the 2005 Le Dôme offers up a smashing fireworks-like display of spring flowers, blueberries, forest floor, raspberries and cherries. Dense purple in color, medium to full-bodied, light on its feet, but super-intense and rich, this wine performed fabulously well, and is one of the superstars and profound efforts of the vintage. It is actually somewhat approachable, which is not always the case with many 2005s. Drink it over the next 20 years. Drink: 2015 - 2035.
by Robert M. Parker, Jr., eRobertParker.com #219, Jun 2015
--The Wine Advocate
Le Dôme 2005 Red (Saint-Émilion)
An aristocratic, perfumed wine dominated by delicious Cabernet Franc. Beneath this elegant exterior, there is also power from intensely concentrated fruit and tannins. The wine is already well integrated, the wood only here by feel, balancing so well with the fruit. To finish, sweet fruit and dusty tannins combine easily.
by Roger Voss — (6/1/2008) — 95
Le Dôme 2005 St-Émilion
Quite dark. Sweet nose – even a little animal/bretty. Sweet maraschino cherries – not classic at all and not for me, but some palates might love this! Certainly flashy.
Rated 16.5/20 - Drink 2013 to 2021
by Jancis Robinson MW, 16 Aug 2009 • Tasted 16 Feb 2009
--Jancis Robinson - www.JancisRobinson.com
This single-vineyard of three hectares is situated next to Château Angelus and represents the highest manifestation of Cabernet Franc in a wine of this level from Bordeaux. Seventy five per cent of the vineyard is dedicated to this variety – the rest is old-vine Merlot.
The vines were planted in the 1950’s on sandy soil over an extended ironstone layer (crasse de fer). The yield is reduced by up to three runs of green harvesting. Concentration and definition are therefore the watchwords for this benchmark wine.
The grapes are harvested at the precise moment of ripeness, handpicked into shallow trays, and after double-triage are transported by conveyors into pristine wooden vats. Vinification involves both rotational pumping and pigeage. Secondary fermentation in French oak barrels is followed by a traditional approach to ageing.
The production of LE DOME is not large at around 1,000 cases. What little exists, however is made with no expense spared in the pursuit of excellence.
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