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2011 Le Dome

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2011 Le Dome from Le Dome, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The 2011 vintage of Le Dome from Le Dome marks an arresting juxtaposition to its preceding and subsequent brethren. This year saw the Right Bank of Bordeaux challenged by untimely weather patterns, proffering a narrative ripe with demanding viticulturist endeavors.


A Vigneron's Response to Nature's Whimsy

Indeed, the masterful vigneron's response to the whimsies of nature's temperament has ensured that the 2011 Le Dome exemplifies how true genius is oft birthed from constraint. The cooler-than-usual growing season and harvest conditions demanded fastidious attention, heralding a wine that—while perhaps leaner than the fabled 2009 and 2010 vintages—bestows an elegance of structure and an abundance of nuance.

Upon decanting, the 2011 Le Dome captivates the senses with a symphony of blackcurrant, truffle, and a hint of cedar. It is a testament to an expertly managed vineyard where one finds Cabernet Franc expressing its quintessence. On the palate, the wine unfurls gracefully, presenting a counterpoint of vivid fruit and earthy complexity that culminates in silk-tannins evocative of this challenging Saint-Emilion vintage.


The Wise Investor's Vintage

For discerning investors seeking distinction in their portfolios, an allocation towards this particular vintage is not merely an exercise in diversification, it entertains as an exemplar of the finesse attainable in adverse conditions. A wine with such poise is bound to stand prominently amidst a collection steeped in storied vintages.

In sum, the 2011 Le Dome requires time in glass or decanter to unfurl its layers of complexity, suggesting that whilst it may be enjoyed now, it undoubtedly harbors potential for fascinating evolution. Admirers of nuanced Bordeaux will find the 2011 Le Dome from Le Dome an accomplished wine, subtly defying an overt challenge from nature and subsequently rewarding astute oenological collectors with its articulate expression of terroir.

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I’m not sure you can still call this the flagship wine of proprietor Jonathan Maltus given the other top wines he’s producing. Le Dome, which is dominated by an incredibly high percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%) and the balance Merlot (20%), is a special effort that must be tasted to be believed. The 2011 boasts gorgeously juicy blue, red and black fruits intermixed with floral and spice aromas. This supple, velvety-textured, opulent, medium to full-bodied, ethereal St.-Emilion is another stunning effort. It is amazing how well Maltus does whether the vintage provides great raw materials, or if he is confronted with more difficult challenges as he was in 2011. Drink this brilliant effort over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2014

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