Le Dome St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Le Dome St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Le Dome History, Overview

Le Dome is the benchmark estate and wine of Jonathan Maltus. Jonathan Maltus owns a myriad of other chateaux in Bordeaux, all of which are located in the Right Bank. The first vintage of Le Dome was produced in 1996. The wines of Le Dome are expensive, hard to find and have a unique character, due to the high portion of Cabernet Franc in the blend. Jonathan Maltus is fond of Cabernet Franc, as he has large plantings of that grape variety planted in several of his other properties.

Chateau Le Dome was created and developed by Jonathan Maltus from different parcels located close to Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, Chateau Canon and Chateau Angelus. While some of the other wines produced from Jonathan Maltus are also located in same, general area, each has a unique terroir that allows for a myriad of styles and characteristics from the wines.

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Le Dome Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 3.5 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Le Dome in St. Emilion utilizes one the highest concentrations of Cabernet Franc in the Right Bank. 75% of the vineyard is planted to Cabernet Franc. In some vintages, the blend is closer to 80% Cabernet Franc. The remainder of the Le Dome vineyard is planted to old vine Merlot. In fact, much of the vineyard was planted back in the 1950’s, making the average age of the vines quite old. Interestingly, when Jonathan Maltus purchased the first vines for the property, he thought he was buying Merlot. It was not until a few weeks later that he discovered he actually bought Cabernet Franc. However, as you can see from tasting the wine, he turned out to be very lucky indeed.

The terroir is sand over layers of iron in the soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,750 vines per hectare. In a concerted effort to reduce the yields, Jonathan Maltus conducts three green harvests a year in his tiny vineyard. To further concentrate the wine and keep yields low, they prune to allow only 4 grape bunches per vine.

Because no actual cellars or chateau for Le Dome exists, (Which is the only reason the estate is not at a minimum a Grand Cru Classe’) the wine of Chateau Le Dome is made at their other, larger and perhaps more popular, Right Bank estate, Chateau Teyssier. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled wood vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Le Dome is aged in between 80% and 100% new, French oak barrels. Although, since the 2008 vintage, the amount of new oak used to age the wine has decreased to 80% on average. Gilles Pauquet is the consultant. Close to 1,000 cases of Le Dome are produced in every vintage.

Serving and Decanting Le Dome with Wine and Food Pairings

Le Dome is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Le Dome is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Le Dome is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Jonathan Maltus produces several other wines in St. Emilion including, Le Carre, Les Asteries, Vieux Chateau Mazerat and Chateau Teyssier.

Aside from owning numerous estates in St. Emilion, the owner Jonathan Maltus also makes wine from Bordeaux inspired blends in Napa Valley California with Worlds End and in Australia.


Château Le Dome Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Inky dark in color, the wine pops with all the flowers, black raspberries, smoke, licorice, cherry and vanilla bean you'll need. Full bodied, powerful and concentrated, there is lushness to the textures, ripeness to the fruit and a salty, mineral character that really hangs on your palate. The wine has one of the largest percentages of Cabernet Franc in all of Bordeaux at 80% with the remainder coming from 20% Merlot. The wine reached 15% alcohol with a pH of 3.81. Thomas Duclos is the new consultant at Le Dome and he's apparently kicked things up a notch.

      94 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Chocolate-covered black raspberries, ripe, juicy, smoky plums, crushed stone and cherry liqueur really makes an excellent impression on your palate. There is length, purity and fat, supple textures to be savored. This wine was made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot reaching 13.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.85. The harvest took place from October 2 to October 6.

      95 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Licorice, black plum liqueur, caramel and spice on the nose, this wine is concentrated with ripe tannins, minerals and a fresh, fennel, cocoa and black cherry finish. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot reaching 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.71. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  4. 2013 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. With licorice, chocolate, plum and floral notes on the nose, the wine is fresh, spicy, medium bodied and plush with a soft chocolate, red plum and stone-driven finish. From 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the wine reached 12.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The yields were 26 hectoliters per hectare. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. With a lot of Cabernet Franc for the vintage at 80%, the remainder taken up by 20% Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. Fresh flowers, black raspberries and espresso bean, polished, strong tannins and a fresh, black raspberry, structured, stern, mineral dominated finish. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  6. 2011 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Inky in color and from a blend of 80% Cabernet Fran and 20% Merlot, the wine reached 13.10% alcohol. With espresso bean, licorice, earth and black cherry, this wine is densely packed with tannin, black cherry liqueur, licorice and coffee. Structured to age, this will take time to come around. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  7. 2010 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Le Dome 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot combined to produce what’s probably the wine with the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc from Bordeaux in the vintage. The wine reached reached 14.58% alcohol with a pH 3.8. A deep purple color leads into a licorice, floral, oak, and spicy blackberry perfume, plush textures and a finish that offers oak, coco and black cherries. About 1,000 cases were produced of this unique St. Emilion. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  8. 2009 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. 2009 Le Dome is inky black. Produced from a whopping 80% cabernet franc, this unique wine offers licorice, fresh herbs, black raspberries, black cherry jam, coffee, espresso, and smoke aromas. Full bodied and filled with ripe fruit, this powerful wine ends with a long finish of blackberry, toasty oak, licorice, and mocha flavors. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  9. 2008 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Château Le Dome is the top wine in the extensive catalogue of Jonathan Maltus, is an engaging bottling. With the highest level of cabernet franc used in Bordeaux, 75%, the wine has a definite personality not always easy to discern in barrel. From sandy, limestone soils and 100% new oak, this 750 case cuvee is the color of ink. This aromatically complex wine with coffee, spice, black and red fruits with BBQ and caramel notes has much to offer. Full bodied and concentrated, the wine finishes with strong flavors of boysenberry and fennel root. The 08 is the richest vintage yet for this winery, and also the most accessible one.

      92 points - Tasted
  10. 2005 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. 05 Le Dome Coffee, blackberry, juicy red plums, licorice and forest floor scents greeted your nose. With soft textures, this wine finishes with freshness, licorice, coca, plums and black cherries. Another 5 years will add a lot of roundness to this wine.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. This opens with fresh herbs, ripe red and black fruits, new oak and fennel. Medium bodied/full bodied, with silky textures and ample freshness to give it lift. The wine finishes with elegant ripe fruits.

      93 points - Tasted
  11. 2002 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. The nose expresses berries, coffee. herbs and new wood scents. Some green was noted in the back of the mouth in the smooth, textured finish.

      89 points - Tasted
  12. 2001 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. With its herbal aromas and blasts of red and black fruit, the wine was definitely open for business. Closer to medium bodied than full bodied, with soft textures, there is no reason to wait for this to develop further.

      91 points - Tasted
  13. 2000 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Soft, sweet, silky, spicy berries find their way to your palate, This full boded wine ends with a blend of black and red fruits, spice, fresh herbs,and licorice

      92 points - Tasted
    2. Blackberry, stone, smoke, licorice and grassy herbs are easy to find. With 3-4 hours of air, the wine softened and gained in compexity, ending in an anise, herb and dark berry finsh.

      92 points - Tasted
  14. 1998 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Le Dome Cigar box, caramel, licorice, plum and chocolate aromas are a pleasure to spend time with. Medium to full boded, this silky, elegant wine end with a sweet, chocolate covered, black cherry finish.

      92 points - Tasted
  15. 1996 Château Le Dome ( St. Émilion)

    1. Charcoal, smoke, cassis scents in the nose. This medium bodied wine ends with herbs and tart black cherries. This is probably past its prime and is on the downside of life. This is the debut vintage for this wine. Subsequent vintages are better wines.

      86 points - Tasted
    2. 1996 was the debut vintage for Le Dome. This was lacking the more elegant, richer, polished style that Maltus is producing at the property today.

      87 points - Tasted