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2015 Château La Dominique, 6-bottle Lot

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2015 Château La Dominique

750ml

RATINGS

95-96James Suckling

Aromas of stone, black cherries, dark berries, moss, forest floor and black olives. Full-bodied, super tight and focused with fantastically polished tannins. A long, long finish.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...notes of black cherries, plums, spice-box, and incense. Deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and yet still elegant and fresh, with sweet tannin...it’s a gem to hunt down.

94Wine Enthusiast

This rich, balanced wine comes from an estate that is performing in top gear...showing the luscious fruit of the vintage along with a good structure of dense tannins and layers...

93The Wine Advocate

...earthy on the nose with notions of red and black currants, blueberry compote, spice cake and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and opulent with beautiful purity, it's soft and seductive in the mouth, finishing long and perfumed, displaying wonderful energy.

93Wine Spectator

...beam of raspberry, red currant and blackberry confiture flavors, carried by a racy graphite edge from start to finish. Light mesquite and iron notes streak through the finish, which ripples with energy. Very solid.

92Vinous / IWC

...bouquet with red cherries, blueberry, cassis and light floral aromas that blossom in the glass... The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, rounded in texture with great depth and harmony on the finish. Very fine.

16Jancis 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.