2014 La Dominique, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
This is a fruity wine, with notes of concentrated dark-plum skins and bright acidity. The darkly tannic structure is already integrating well. The finish is fresh fruit all the way.
The 2014 Dominique is certainly not lacking in either intensity or personality. Super-ripe plums, blueberries, cloves, black cherries, new oak, menthol and smoke add complexity in a bold, explosive St.-Emilion built on fruit and suppleness. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 develops a bit more nuance during its aging. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. (AG)
Friendly raspberry, cherry and spice notes mingle here, with bright acidity and a light brambly edge holding the finish. (Web Only - 2015)
This is a rich and slightly extracted wine with lots of fruits and spices. Full-bodied and chewy. Wait and see.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château La Dominique 2014 is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc matured in 60% new oak. It has a little more composure on the nose compared to recent vintages: black cherries, iodine and floral notes developing, though I would still prefer to see more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, quite plush in the mouth with soft blackberry tinged with allspice and graphite on the finish. This is a structured La Dominique that just needs to muster a little more precision on the hard finish. Not bad, but this estate should aim for the very top of the pile given the brilliance of the wines produced back in the 1980s and early 1990s. (NM)
Very dark blackish crimson. Raw fruit on the nose. But this stands out. Masses of acidity and some relatively light tannins but great fruit concentration. Very distinctive. Very ambitious but a bit like hard work at the moment.