96-98+ POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN ,WINE ADVOCATE
Today sees the release of Johnathan Maltus’ flagship Saint-Emilion Grand Cru cuvee Le Dome, a unique single vineyard site that has become one of the most consistent top performers of the appellation. The wine has been released at 20% below last year's release price.
Nestled high up on the limestone plateau, neighbouring the vineyards of Chateau Angelus, this single vineyard of just 3.2 hectares is a special site in the appellation. Le Dome has the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc in Saint-Emilion, making up 80% of the blend. This old vine Cabernet Franc brings incredible structure and freshness to the wine that greatly compliments Johnathan Maltus’ rich, opulent style.
Maltus carries out three separate green harvests throughout the growing season, reducing the crop down to just four bunches per vine making the wines both concentrated and intensely flavoured. Tasting the 2019 vintage, the intensity of flavour contrasts beautifully with the finesse and the elegance of tannins, whilst the Cabernet Franc brings great depth and terrific vibrancy.
Considering the pedigree of its terroir, its high proportion of Cabernet Franc and the consistency on offer at Le Dome, the price remains incredibly sensible with a 20% reduction in price from last year's release.
Le Dome also has a great history of being up-scored by The Wine Advocate once in bottle. This was the case for the 2016, 2015 and 2010 vintages, with the wine up-scored from 95 to 99 (2016), 94-96 to 98+ (2015) and from 94-96 to 100 (2010). With an initial score of 96-98+ in 2019, this remains one of the shrewdest buys in Saint-Emilion this vintage.
Tight and tannic with lots of structure, yet it shows sweet, ripe fruit in the center palate. Really intense, fruity center palate here. Clearly up the the level of the 2016 and 2015.
James Suckling (June 2001) Score: 95-96/100
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"Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Le Dome is a little closed and broody to begin, unfurling to reveal a profound core of preserved plums, fruitcake, chocolate-covered cherries and mocha with nuances of star anise, Sichuan pepper and cardamom. The medium to full-bodied palate is beautifully perfumed with loads of floral notes emerging among the black fruits, framed by remarkably soft, velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Gorgeous wine!"
96-98+ POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, THE WINE ADVOCATE
The 2019 Le Carré is a powerful, virile wine. Swaths of tannin enshroud a core of dark ruit, while smoke, tobacco, game, iron and black fruits give the 2019 a distinctly wild, feral quality that is impossible to miss. The 2019 finishes with real drive and tons of pure intensity. The Cabernet Franc is decidedly vivid. The 2019 will likely need a few years in bottle to be at its best, but it sure is impressive today.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (January 44000) Score: 94-96/100
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“The 2019 Le Carré is a powerful, virile wine. Swaths of tannin enshroud a core of dark ruit, while smoke, tobacco, game, iron and black fruits give the 2019 a distinctly wild, feral quality that is impossible to miss. The 2019 finishes with real drive and tons of pure intensity. The Cabernet Franc is decidedly vivid. The 2019 will likely need a few years in bottle to be at its best, but it sure is impressive today.”
94-96 POINTS - ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Vieux Château Mazerat delivers pronounced, purely expressed notes of ripe black plums, black raspberries and boysenberries with suggestions of cedar, chocolate box, camphor and pencil lead plus a touch of cumin seed. The medium to full-bodied palate has a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the black fruit layers, finishing long and mineral laced. Vieux Château Mazerat is from the JCP Maltus portfolio of skillfully crafted Saint-Émilion wines. Neil White is the head winemaker, and Thomas Duclos is a consultant here. This vineyard is bordered by Château Canon on three sides and by Angélus on the fourth side. It includes a parcel of Cabernet Franc that was planted in 1947 on clay over limestone.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (January 44000) Score: 92-94/100
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“The 2019 Vieux Château Mazerat is a dark, powerful wine. Black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, leather, licorice and spice add to a real feeling of weight and gravitas that also comes through in the wine's overall feel. The 2019 is a decidedly somber Saint-Émilion. These Cabernet Franc, planted in 1947 on clay over limestone add so much character. Today, the tannins are quite incisive as well. Patience is key. Here, too, there is so much to look forward to. I won't be surprised if the 2019 is even better from bottle, as Jonathan Maltus' wines often are.”
91-93 POINTS - ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS