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Château La Dominique

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2018 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Rich, round and silky, here you'll find ripe, dark plum, black cherry, licorice and smoke in its core. Sensuous and even a little showy but still holding on to its elegantly balanced nature, the wine is perfectly ripe but not over ripe. You do find more concentration than usual here but everything remains composed and fresh with length. Is this the best vintage for Chateau La Dominique? Perhaps it is. Made from blending 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the harvest took place September 20- October 4, reaching 14% alcohol. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Flowers, cherries, licorice, incense and soft, silky textures define the wine. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, silky, charming and ending with fresh dark cherry and licorice in the finish. Made from blending 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest took place September 15-September 29. The wine reached 13% alcohol. Due to the frost, 70% of the harvest was lost.

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2016 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The debut vintage for the new label here, the updated, feminine design fits the approach of the wine. Licorice, black cherry, flowers and sweet cherries are all over the place. The wine is refined, pure and fresh, allowing its sweet, ripe, fresh, pure, red fruit essence to show with ease, from start to finish. This should age quite nicely.

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Floral, elegant, refined and with complete focus on its sweet, ripe, fresh, pure, red fruit essence, the wine is silky, polished and complex. The finish offers luscious textures and the essence of flowers, and pure, cherry and plum sensations that feel as good as they taste. This should age quite nicely.

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The nose, with its floral, licorice and sweet, deep red fruit qualities, gets everything off to a good start. Medium/full bodied, elegant, silky and fresh, there is a purity to the fruit that marks the wine.

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With a floral nose that is complicated by incense, black raspberry and vanilla, this wine shows a nice, deep color. On the palate, the wine bursts with fertile, sweet, luscious, dark red fruits, ripe, opulent tannins and a fruit filled, spicy finish. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, representing the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend in the history of the estate. The wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.7

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2015 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Elegant, fresh and silky creates the perfect combination this vintage, The fruit is generous, ripe, soft and polished. The long sensuous finish offers layers of sweet, red fruits, spice, licorice, spearmint and wild cherries. If you can wait and give this 5-10 years in the cellar, this will be stellar!

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Soft, silky, polished and elegant, the wine focuses on its ripe, sweet, black raspberries, wild cherries, floral and earthy character. Medium/full bodied, forward and needing just a few years to really kick things up into high gear, this is a beauty.

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Combining smoke, tobacco, flowers, black raspberries, wild cherries and earthy notes in the nose, this wine is concentrated with lush, sweet, fat, juicy fruits with an extremely pleasant sense of purity of fruit that feels delightful on your palate. There is a strong depth of flavor with black cherries, licorice and chocolate in the finish. This is the best vintage produced from La Dominique yet. From a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 7.

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2014 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Floral, spicy, earthy and loaded with fresh, ripe , sweet, red berries, smoke and spice, the wine is medium bodied, elegant, refined and will drink well young. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.

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Floral, black raspberry and coffee bean notes on the nose, open to a lavish, forward wine that ends with black cherries, licorice and chocolate in the finish. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7 and will be aging in 60% new, French oak barrels for approximately 16 months. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Grab some flowers, cherries, espresso beans and green leaves with thyme, mix it together, and you get the perfume. The wine is medium bodied on the palate, with a light, soft texture, and an herbal, cherry finish. This is just not a wine to age. Pop and pour on the young side is what is needed here.

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Floral in character, with earth, licorice, black raspberries added to the mix, the wine is medium bodied, fresh and forward, with a sweet, red cherry filled finish.

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Freshly picked strawberries, chocolate and black cherry jam aromas spring forth. Coupled with silky, soft textures, the deeply colored wine leaves a smooth, fresh, cherry-filled impression. Blended from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

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2012 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Silky smooth textures, elegant stylings, medium bodied and showing a sweet, fresh, cherry core of fruit, with floral and earthy accents. This will drink well young, and it should age and improve too.

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Silky smooth, with good freshness to the sweet, ripe fruits, ending in a polished, soft, supple, sweet, finish.

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Licorice, jammy cherries, espresso, spice box and floral notes open to medium bodied, spicy, red berry filled wine. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

There is a lot of classy, charming, red and dark red berries for the vintage. Complicated by its smoky personality, the wine ends with a sweet, light plum note. This will drink well on release.

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Soft textured, forward, medium bodied and offering spicy red berries, earth, tobacco and red plums, this wine is already drinking well.

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Blending 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc produced a wine with truffle, smoke, coffee and black raspberry scents. Silky textures and a sweet, black cherry and stone sensation are found in the wine. 90-92 Pts

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2010 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Fresh, lively and filled with ripe and very ripe, cherries, black raspberry and plums, complicated by licorice, smoke and earthy tones, the wine is elegant, smooth and young, with a promising future.

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With ripe black raspberries, licorice, stone, smoke, flowers and oak, the wine is polished, soft, ripe and offers layers of sweet, juicy, ripe, fresh polished berries. The wine was produced from a blend of 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc.

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La Dominique sports an earthy, mineral, plum, licorice and blackberry nose. The soft, medium bodied wine finishes with a cassis and cherry finish. 88-90 Pts

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2009 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Secondary nuances of truffle, roses, licorice, cocoa and plums are impossible to avoid. And why would you want to? On the palate, the wine is silky, elegant, medium-bodied, soft, polished and refined. The sensuous finish feels great. You can definitely open this today. But if want to wait another 5 years for more truffle, that's also a good idea.

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This wine has really improved over the past few years in bottle. Elegant, silky and refined, with a floral, cherry blossom, licorice and earthy nose and lush, soft tannins, this should continue getting better for years.

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100% Merlot was used to produce the 2009. Black licorice, fresh herbs and sweet, juicy plum aromas work perfectly with this medium bodied, elegant style of St. Emilion. The refined, Bordeaux wine ends with a melange of soft, spicy, red and black fruits.

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2008 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

This wine had already started to shutdown. With effort, some cherry and bitter chocolate flavors could be found. Elegant in style, this medium bodied wine ends with red fruit notes. This will drink well young.

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08 Château La Dominique. La Dominique was never the most concentrated of wines in the past. In 2008, the château stepped up its game by hiring Jean-Luc Thunevin to consult. The full bodied wine shows a lot of color, with licorice, black fruit, and vanilla on the nose. The silky texture and lush mouth feel end with plenty of fresh black fruit. 91-93 Pts

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2006 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

With an advanced color, the wine looks older than its true age. Opening with earth, truffle, red cherries and tobacco in the nose, the wine is medium bodied, crisp, fresh, and fully mature.

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Medium bodied, finesse styled charmer that is soft, silky, smooth and easy to drink. The nose, with its licorice, earth, black cherry and kirsch profile is perhaps more complex than the fresh, sweet, earthy, cherry palate.

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2005 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

The color is light ruby with some bricking. With a mature nose filled with secondary notes of truffle, tobacco, plum and earth. Medium bodied, soft and silky, smooth in texture, the earthy, red berry finish shows just a bit too much much oak in the end note at this time.

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The fruit was ripe, the texture was soft, but the herbal quality did not thrill me. I could not get excited about this wine.

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2001 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Fully developed, soft and refined, this elegantly styled charmer offers sweet, kirsch, licorice, flowers and earthy notes, but it could use a little more heft. There is no reason to delay popping a cork on this if you have a bottle in the cellar.

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2000 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Fully mature, the medium bodied wine focuses on its elegant, silky, sweet fruit, and soft textures over power. The fruit, which is on the red berry side, is pure, clean and fresh, with an earthy, floral and thyme accent.

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1990 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Light ruby in color. Scents of tobacco, roses, chocolate fudge, earth, minerals, plums, a hint of cinnamon and forest smell's waft from the glass. Medium to full bodied and filled with juicy black plums with black cherries that end with opulent, elegant, smooth sensations in the finish. Fully mature, this might not improve, but it's going to deliver ample pleasure for at least another decade. This wine remains a bargain for an almost 20 year old St. Emilion from a great vintage.

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1989 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

This offered a great nose from the start. Purchased for the princely sum of $15, it’s definitely paid dividends. Black fruit, plums, and fresh herbs. Medium bodied, but mouth filling. Plush, elegant mouth feel. Now fully mature.

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Black fruit, plums and the herbal qualities of Cabernet Franc. Medium bodied, but mouth filling. Plush, elegant mouth feel ends with fresh, black raspberry flavors.

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1982 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A fragrant nose of licorice, flowers, stone, plums and orange rind works well with the soft, round, elegant textures. Fuly mature, the wine ends with a refined, spicy, red fruit note.

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