2009 Dome, Le Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • JS 95
  • IWC 95
  • WE 95
  • WS 91

Reg: $229.94

$199.94

This product is
out of stock

Reg: $229.94

$199.94

This product is
out of stock

Contact us Wine consultation

WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
One of the most distinctive wines made in Bordeaux Le Dome has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any claret I can think of. Composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot it exhibits a certain delicacy... One of the most distinctive wines made in Bordeaux Le Dome has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any claret I can think of. Composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot it exhibits a certain delicacy and elegance (due to the Cabernet Franc component) in addition to resounding power concentration depth and multidimensional personality. Black/purple to the rim it offers strikingly intense notes of spring flowers raspberries mulberries and wood smoke medium to full body sweet tannin and a cunning intensity and texture that suggest finesse and delicacy. However the wine's richness length and lingering depth build incrementally in this exceptional St.-Emilion. It will be drinkable in 4-5 years and should age for two decades or more. This is Jonathan Malthus' finest wine to date.
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Loads of blueberries with hints of wet earth and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied with layers of ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Goes on for minutes. Best wine from this estate ever. Try after 20
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
(mostly cabernet franc): Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black fruits bitter cherry licorice violet and crushed rock. The wine's great energy and vibrancy give it buns of steel with the fine-grained black... (mostly cabernet franc): Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black fruits bitter cherry licorice violet and crushed rock. The wine's great energy and vibrancy give it buns of steel with the fine-grained black fruit violet and licorice flavors conveying a strong impression of dry extract. Tannins are firm but fine on the extremely long gripping finish. Wonderful elegance allied to great thrust here. The best wine I've tasted to date from Jonathan Maltus but then all of his 2009 releases are outperformers.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
A gorgeously perfumed wine dominated by the ripest Cabernet Franc combining richness and an intense structure. With its tannins it will age well over many years. The fruit is finely textured deliciously juicy showing the... A gorgeously perfumed wine dominated by the ripest Cabernet Franc combining richness and an intense structure. With its tannins it will age well over many years. The fruit is finely textured deliciously juicy showing the most complex series of flavors. R.V.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2012
Comes at you very directly with a wide beam of linzer and blackberry fruit liberally laced with sweet spice and anise. It's plenty dense though with a strong toasted wood note on the finish where a licorice snap edge... Comes at you very directly with a wide beam of linzer and blackberry fruit liberally laced with sweet spice and anise. It's plenty dense though with a strong toasted wood note on the finish where a licorice snap edge lingers. From the frankly modern camp. Best from 2013 through 2024. -JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2009

Label

The Le Dome Grand Cru is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Vines for this release are cropped low – around 30 hectoliters per hectare – four bunches to the vine (less than half the volume authorized by the Appellation), thus ensuring its incredible concentration.

The fruit is hand-harvested then sorted, first by bunch then grape-by-grape. Fermentation takes place in wooden vats after extremely cold maceration. Malolactic fermentation and aging takes place in new French oak barrels.

Le Dome has the highest Cabernet Franc percentage of any wine in Bordeaux and is said to be the biggest expression of that grape in the region. The wine is full-bodied but has elegance and finesse. The optimal drinking window is very broad, from just a few years to more than 25 years after the vintage.

Winery

Dome, Le

Founded in 1996, Le Dome is allegedly the biggest expression of Cabernet Franc of any Bordeaux wine – surpassing Chateau Cheval Blanc and Le Dome’s neighbor, Chateau Angelus. Its origins have their roots in the ‘garage’ movement of the 1990’s. Jonathan Maltus of Chateau Teyssier, the estate’s creator, was at the epicenter of this movement, with his sought-after wine Le Dome being one of the top three cult wines from the region.

The vines, planted from 1960 to 1970, are on 3.20 hectares of sandy soils above a layer of light clay with a Crasse de Fer (iron deposits). The iron deposits, coupled with the south facing slope, ensure amazing drainage, keeping the vines seeking moisture.

Maltus produces eight Saint-Emilion wines, ranging from the estate wines Chateau Teyssier and Chateau Laforge, as well as limited-release single vineyard wines Le Dome, Le Carre, Les Asteries, and Vieux Chateau Mazerat. Maltus has also ventured into Napa Valley, with single-vineyard wines produced under the World's End label.