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2009 Château La Dominique

Light label condition issue

ITEM 7955554 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
$65
Item Sold Amount Date
I7963033 1 $65 Sep 26, 2021
I7955553 2 $65 Sep 19, 2021
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RATINGS

93Robert M. Parker Jr.

Finally we have returned to the great La Dominiques made in 1989 and 1990... supple tannin and loads of spicy fruitcake, licorice, cassis and kirsch-like notes... Fat, fleshy and full-bodied, with beautiful richness, purity and length...

93Wine Spectator

This sports a dark, roasted feel, as espresso and charcoal notes flank the core of tobacco and dark fig flavors. Has a burly edge now, but shows ample flesh through the finish.

92Stephen Tanzer

Smoky, sexy aromas of roasted blackberry, kirsch and toffee; I might have picked this blind as a Pomerol. Rich, concentrated, dense and sweet but not heavy, with chewy flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and roast coffee.

15Jancis Robinson

PRODUCER

Château La Dominique

Château La Dominique is a St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe estate. The 54-acre estate is on the border of Pomerol close to Cheval Blanc. It was named by an 18th century merchant who made his fortune in trading in the West Indies and named the estate after his favorite island in the Caribbean. Since 1969 the estate has been owned by Clement Fayat who uses the services of celebrity consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. The estate grows 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. About 100,000 bottles are produced annually. The second wine is St. Paul de Dominique. Robert M. Parker calls La Dominique “richly colored, intense, super-ripe, opulent and full-bodied.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.