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2020 Le Dome

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2020 Le Dome from Le Dome, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

In the prestigious terroirs of Saint-Émilion, the 2020 vintage of Le Dome from Le Dome emerges, showcasing a compelling translation of time and place. Throughout my extensive career, it is vintages like this that reaffirm my devotion to the intricate ballet between vine and vigneron.


A Vintage Speaks: The 2020 Narrative

The 2020 season was marked by wildly oscillating climatic chapters; challenges that have, in less capable hands, led estates to falter. Yet here, with meticulous attention to detail and an intimate understanding of their cooperative microclimate, Le Dome surmounted these vicissitudes, sculpting a wine of profound depth and character.


Anatomy of a Titan: Dissecting the 2020 Le Dome

The 2020 vintage has endowed Le Dome with an opulent frame woven through with fine tannins and beguiling complexity. There's a vibrancy to the fruit – blackcurrants, ripe cherries – which dances on the palate. Naturally, the expression of terroir is pure Saint-Émilion: truffles and smoky earth whisper secrets of its birthplace into the savoring moment.

Notably, this vintage has imprinted a distinct signature through its structural refinement, setting it apart from its predecessors. With judicious use of new French oak barrels, the wine displays an aristocratic poise. This is complimented beautifully by another hallmark of 2020 – an elevated freshness that carries potential longevity.


Investing in Elegance: The 2020 Prospectus

Oenophiles and investors pay heed; within the tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, 2020 is swiftly gaining acclaim as one of the key entrants for long-term appreciation. The finesse exhibited by this year's Le Dome places it firmly amongst such investment-grade collectibles.

For those who revel in provenance and seek out wines that tell a tale within each glass, the 2020 Le Dome from Le Dome is a sterling choice. As it unfurls with age, collectors will undoubtedly be rewarded with a spectrum of evolving nuances.

In conclusion, discerning enthusiasts would be wise to secure allocations of this poised and stately Saint-Émilion creation; an emblem not just of a fortuitous season but of precise and passionate winemaking steering through a capricious year.

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The 2020 Le Dome is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot with an alcohol of 13.9% and a pH of 3.69. The Merlot was harvested on September 29th, with the Cabernet Franc on October 8th and 9th. It is being aged in 80% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes storming out of the glass with thunderous scents of stewed plums, blueberry preserves and chocolate-covered cherries, followed by impactful, fragrant notions of rose oil, ground cloves, eucalyptus and pencil shavings. The palate is jaw-droppingly elegant, considering the power of the nose, featuring elegantly crafted black and red fruit layers with very ripe, finely grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Le Dome is from the JCP Maltus portfolio of skillfully crafted Saint-Émilion wines. Neil White is the head winemaker and Thomas Duclos is a consultant here.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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