Le Dome 2017
Tasting Notes Le Dome 2017
A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc with 20% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Le Dome has a reticent nose of crushed black cherries, raspberry preserves and kirsch with hints of pencil shavings, cast iron pan, violets and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, firm and with great freshness, it has a perfumed/mineral character and great length.
The 2017 Le Dôme was picked on 25 September and 2 October for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc respectively. It has the highest pH amongst Jonathan Maltus’s range this year and matured in 80% new oak. It has a crisp and precise bouquet with dark cherry, blackberry and light cassis fruit that unfold nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a little furry in texture with subtle graphite, mocha and peppery notes towards the finish that just needs to develop a little more flesh.
A solid red with dark-berry and chocolate character. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and structured. Chewy yet polished.
The 2017 Le Dôme is the most distinguished of these wines from Jonathan Maltus. Highly nuanced and expressive, Le Dôme is beautifully layered and nuanced from start to finish. Espresso, rose petal, mint and dark raspberry jam meld together in this powerful yet nuanced Saint-Émilion.