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2016 Le Dome

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2016 Le Dome from Le Dome, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Estate bottled finesse married to the climatic serendipity of 2016 has bestowed upon us a remarkable vintage of the inimitable Le Dome. The desired equilibrium between nature's tempests and a vigneron's deft touch has been astoundingly achieved with this poignant release from the Saint-Emilion appellation.


The Quintessence of Terroir: A Connoisseur’s Delight

Nestled in the Right Bank's verdant embrace, Le Dome's vineyards in 2016 bore witness to a season that artisans fondly reminisce as near-perfect. This vintage, under the stewardship of seasoned vigneron Jonathan Maltus, presents an exceptional investment opportunity with its pedigree and promise of evolution in the cellar.


2016: A Celestial Alignment for Saint-Emilion Terroir

The growing season of 2016 was an oenophile's daydream – an abiding spring gave way to a summer that dallied with maturity before granting us richly textured grapes replete with intensity. It is this climactic sleight-of-hand that has propelled the 2016 Le Dome into the stratosphere of collectible Bordelaise wines.

The wine itself – a masterful blend led by Cabernet Franc – flaunts a kaleidoscope of plum, black cherry, and subtle spice notes,ascending through layers of complexity. The tannins, though substantial, are silk-lined promises of longevity and reward for the patient investor.

On the palate, each sip carries the whisper of its calcareous-clay terroir balanced with astute oak integration, lending it a suave yet enduring structure akin to Renaissance architecture cloaked in Bordeaux opulence.

In summary, capturing the essence of its distinguished heritage while propelling it through the lens of a defining season, the 2016 Le Dome from Le Dome stands as an exemplar opportunity for those vested in weaving fine wine through their investment portfolio. Each bottle harbours not just a story of meticulous craftsmanship but also encapsulates an extraordinary year where everything in Saint-Emilion seemed touched by providence.

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The 2016 Le Dome is comprised of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, aged in 80% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it slips sensuously out of the glass with compelling notions of red roses, candied violets, chocolate box and Chinese five spice with a core of kirsch, blackberry tart, warm plums, black raspberries and cloves plus wafts of cigar box and orange peel. Full bodied—the palate is positively electric with energy—it gives layer upon layer of perfumed black raspberries and mineral sparks, framed by super ripe, firm, finely grained tannins and bags of freshness, finishing very long and very fragrant. It has 15% alcohol, but so beautifully harmonious you would never guess it.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 29 March 2019


Plenty of fruit density and richness with plum and blueberry character. Medium to full body, juicy finish. Very attractive already. Layered and so fine. Beautiful polish. Love it already. Very long finish.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017

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