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
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!
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (January 44000)Score: 96-98/100
The 2019 Le Dôme is a wine of pure and total sensuality. Far more restrained than it can be, the 2019 possesses tremendous nuance and plenty of intensity, but it is also less of a bruiser than it can be. There is so much going on. Striking Cabernet Franc inflections and structure reveal themselves with time in the glass. Vivid and wonderfully deep, Le Dôme has so much to offer for readers who can give it a few years in the cellar.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (January 44000)Score: 94-96/100
Fresh and stony, with good purity to the plums, cherries and blackberry, this wine offers additional complexities of spice box, crushed rock, licorice, mint and espresso. There is ample lift, weight, concentration and freshness, along with a wealth of fruit to keep you interested.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (January 43990)Score: 95-97/100
This is excellent, expertly judged and carefully extracted. It has its eye on long ageing but already the tannins are well defined and carefully brushed. I love the undercurrent of spice, edged with saffron and cinnamon alongside bitter black chocolate and tons of cassis. 80% new oak, 3.82pH. Harvest October 1 to 8.
Decanter (January 43983)Score: 96/100Drink 2027-2042