Le Dome 2018
Tasting Notes Le Dome 2018
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. The 2018 Le Dome is composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, with a 3.82 pH and 14.3% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little coy in the beginning, requiring considerable coaxing to allow fragrant earth, rose hip tea, preserved plums and raspberry pie notions to emerge, giving way to notes of pencil shavings, woodsmoke and camphor. Full-bodied, firm and finely grained, the profound palate is sparked by energetic mineral and red fruit notes, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and just enough acidity to lift the very long, very fragrant finish.
This is buttoned down and pretty closed right now, with a reductive edge that clears in the glass. There's a ton of freshness here, alongside the slow moving power of the tannins and well knitted fruits. An accomplished, well made wine, although it's a little overbearing with its marzipan and bitter chocolate notes on the finish. This is made in the Pavie style rather than the Ausone style, that's for sure. 80% new oak for malo and maturation. 3.82pH.
The 2018 Le Dôme is dense, powerful and packed, with stunning Cabernet Franc inflections that lend energy, nuance and tension. Black cherry, chocolate, leather, spice, espresso and menthol all build in this potent, sumptuous wine full of personality and character. There is so much to like and to look forward to. Le Dôme is often more forbidding in its youth. The 2018 is especially showy.
Big and juicy red here with a full body, dense and intense fruit and a long and flavorful finish. A little old-school, but impressive.
Toasty, featuring a cocoa note mixed in with the plum, cherry and tobacco flavors. A toasty accent hangs around on the finish. Shows depth and weight, but remains a bit shy on detail. Wait and see what happens.—J.M.