Robert Parker – 92
The 2019 Le Dome offers up rich aromas of jammy berry fruit, vanilla pod, caramel and milk chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, broad and velvety, it’s seamless and polished, with an ample core of fruit, lively acids and a nicely integrated, harmonious profile that belies the overtly oaky and rather lactic nose. From the nose alone, the taster expects a monster; yet on the palate this Le Dome is actually surprisingly elegant, showing the results of a clear stylistic evolution over the last decade. Work on oak integration, however, remains to be done.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
Vinous – 94
The 2019 Le Dôme was the last vintage vinified in the old winery before Norman Foster’s "spaceship" landed (the new winery is spectacular). I admire the aromatics here; the Cabernet Franc feels unrestrained and very expressive, almost Loire-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, nicely detailed, maybe less ostentatious than previous vintages – and all the better for it. This is an excellent Le Dôme that should offer two decades of drinking pleasure.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2048