The 2016 Le Dôme has an opulent bouquet of intense black cherry, crème de cassis and inkwell aromas that soar from the glass. The palate is full-bodied with a creamy texture and very smooth in the mouth, displaying a fine line of acidity. Bold, almost buxom for a Saint-Émilion. The lavish, caressing finish feels weighty and quite sturdy. This will require several years in bottle but it should ultimately be a fine Le Dôme.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2042
Robert Parker 99
The 2016 Le Dome is comprised of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, aged in 80% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it slips sensuously out of the glass with compelling notions of red roses, candied violets, chocolate box and Chinese five spice with a core of kirsch, blackberry tart, warm plums, black raspberries and cloves plus wafts of cigar box and orange peel. Full bodiedâ€”the palate is positively electric with energyâ€”it gives layer upon layer of perfumed black raspberries and mineral sparks, framed by super ripe, firm, finely grained tannins and bags of freshness, finishing very long and very fragrant. It has 15% alcohol, but so beautifully harmonious you would never guess it.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2060