| 2003 Ch. Le Dome, Bordeaux/St. Emilion 750ml|
This is raisiny and slightly cooked on the nose, with loads of fruit. Full-bodied, with a slightly overdone character. Chocolate, coffee and raisin aftertaste. Rustic really. Best after 2009. 1,000 cases made. by Wine Spectator
An impressive combination of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot from a vineyard adjacent to Angelus, the 2003 Le Dome is fashioned by the passionate, conscientious proprietor, Jonathan Malthus. While quintessentially elegant, it is surprisingly powerful with an ethereal perfume of blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with notes of violets and spice box. Savory, expansive, round, deep, and richly fruity, it is a medium-bodied, long, supple, evolved St.-Emilion to consume over the next 10-15 years. by Robert Parker
This wine, almost entirely from Cabernet Franc, shows the great success of the grape in 2003, with intoxicating perfumes over solid structure.by Wine Enthusiast
Le Dôme and another tiny St Emillion Grand Cru, Chateau Laforge, are owned and made by Jonathan Maltus working from his headquarter St Emilion property Chateau Teyssier. It is situated between Château Angélus and Grand Mayne and is planted with 50 year-old vines, mostly Cabernet Franc, that forms the basis of the final blend with some Merlot to flesh out. These plantings allow the winemaker to use vintages to best advantage; in ‘Right Bank’ vintages such as 1998, it was the Merlot that ‘shone’ and was maximized in the blend while in ‘left bank’ vintages such as 2000 the Cabernet Franc was the key component. Yields are restricted to an absolute minimum and extended maturation is done in brand new oak barriques. No expense is spared in making the finest expression of the unique terroir. Le Dôme is favourably compared to its famous near-neighbour, Chateau Cheval Blanc .
Bordeaux is a region in France known for its amazing wines. The term Bordeaux is usually used to refer to any wines that come from this distinctive region. The red wines of Bordeaux are probably the most well known, though there are a number of sweet white wines that are quite popular as well.
Bordeaux is responsible for more wine than any other region of the world, with more than 9,000 distinct châteaux producing hundreds of millions of bottles of wine annually. More than 25% of the designated wines of France come from the Bordeaux region. Until the 1970s, the majority of wine produced in Bordeaux was white; today, more than 80% of the wines produced are red.