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Tasted at the Château, the 2006 Le Dôme has retained an attractive bouquet with crushed violet and cold limestone scents percolating through the blackberry and boysenberry fruit. The palate is fresh on the entry with slightly coarse tannin, mulberry, red plum and Seville orange marmalade here, moderate depth with just a slightly abrupt, muscular finish. It has aged better than Les Asteries and I would be inclined to drink this over the next 5-7 years. Tasted March 2016.
Le Dôme is a single vineyard less than three hectares in size and is owned by Jonathan Maltus of Château Teyssier fame. Le Dôme represents the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc in wine of this level from Bordeaux. Seventy percent of the vineyard is dedicated to this variety and the rest is old vine Merlot. The vines were planted in the 1950's on sandy soil and the yield is reduced by up to three runs of green harvesting.
Concentration and definition are therefore the watchwords for this benchmark wine. The grapes are harvested at the precise moment of ripeness, hand-picked and after double-triage are transported into wooden vats. Secondary fermentation in French oak barrels is followed by a traditional approach to ageing. The production of Le Dôme is not large. What little exists, however is made with no expense spared in the pursuit of excellence.