2015 La Dominique, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253126 96 points James Suckling

 Attractive ripe dark berries and some darker chocolate, no to mention sweet earth and violets. The palate has impressive density and depth, not to mention great length and weight. Mulberry and dark-cherry flavors hold fresh. Best from 2022.  (2/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Represented by American merchant Jeffrey Davies and made with consulting advice from Michel Rolland, the 2015 Château La Dominique checks in as 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 60% new barrels. This deep, inky-colored beauty got a few expletives in the notes and offers killer notes of black cherries, plums, spice-box, and incense. Deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and yet still elegant and fresh, with sweet tannin, there’s a little over 5,000 cases produced and it’s a gem to hunt down. It will keep for two decades. Tasted twice.  (11/2017)

95 points Vinous

 The 2015 La Dominique is bold, super-ripe and exciting. Black cherry, chocolate, plum, licorice, smoke, crème de cassis and menthol all flesh out in this dramatic, sumptuous Saint-Émilion. Ripe and voluptuous on the palate, with no hard edges, it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. In 2015, La Dominique exudes a level of aromatic intensity and sheer explosiveness few other wines have. (AG)  (2/2018)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine has powerful tannins and a tough texture. The fruit at the back shows blackberry flavor that's lifted by fine acidity. As it integrates better, it should be a rich and dense wine. (RV)  (4/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 16 months in 60% new and 40% one-year-old barrels, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 La Dominique is earthy on the nose with notions of red and black currants, blueberry compote, spice cake and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and opulent with beautiful purity, it's soft and seductive in the mouth, finishing long and perfumed, displaying wonderful energy. (LPB)  (2/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This has an intense beam of raspberry, red currant and blackberry confiture flavors, carried by a racy graphite edge from start to finish. Light mesquite and iron notes streak through the finish, which ripples with energy. Very solid. Best from 2020 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JM)  (3/2018)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion