Le Dôme, St-Émilion 750ml 2012

France, Bordeaux
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‘A parcel of almost 100% Cabernet Franc gives this perfumed, classy wine. It's very structured, mineral-textured and darkly dense. Powerful and concentrated, this intense wine will develop into a major statement. Drink from 2019.’ – Wine Enthusiast 95/100

‘This St.-Emilion (1,000 cases), which has a very high percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%, which is much higher than Cheval Blanc or Ausone) has always been the flagship wine of proprietor Jonathan Malthus. The 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color and plenty of raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with spring flower garden notes, which are followed by a medium-bodied wine with stunning elegance, purity and minerality. It is not the biggest wine, but the quality of the fruit, the complex nuances, and overall equilibrium make for a very special Bordeaux to drink over the next 15 or so years. Drink: 2015 - 2030.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 93/100

‘The Le Dome has a soft, slightly smudged bouquet with macerated black cherries, blueberry and a hint of dark chocolate with well integrated oak. The palate is full-bodied and demonstrates good fruit concentration - thick, sinewy tannins with a long, spherical, modern finish with a long white pepper tinged aftertaste. It will need several years in bottle before it even considers entering the drinking plateau. Tasted April 2013.’ – Neal Martin 91-93/100

‘The Cabernet Franc-based 2012 Le Dôme is the most reticent and inward of Jonathan Maltus's 2012s. Readers will find very little of the vintage's early appeal here. Instead, Le Dôme is a big, dramatic wine that is likely to require at least a few years in bottle to come together. A host of dark cherry, plum and smoke notes gradually emerge in the glass, but the 2012 needs time. The only question is how much. Still, I am quite drawn by this fabulous Saint-Emilion that touches Angelus on one side and Canon on the others.’ – Antonio Galloni 94/100

‘Englishman Jonathan Maltus' garage red doesn't have the best terroir in St Emilion, but what he terms ‘the world's most expensive Cabernet Franc’ (with a dollop of Merlot for good measure) is another impressive release, as it was in 2011. Tannic, rich and dense, with hints of liquorice, smoke and black plums. Drink: 2020-30.’ – Tim Atkin 94/100
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Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country France
Rating WA 93
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R2,880.00
Producer Le Dôme
Region Bordeaux
Variety Bordeaux Blend
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