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2018 La Dominique, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1418190 95-96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is incredibly well integrated with ripe fruit and super fine tannins that melt into the wine. Precise and beautifully ripe fruit. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark This estate has a terrific terroir and lies next to Cheval Blanc and Ripeau. Their 2018 Château La Dominique offers a medium to full-bodied, beautifully elegant and refined style to go with complex aromatics of black raspberries, cassis, spring flowers, and exotic spices. It’s not the biggest or richest wine out there, but it has class, elegance, and purity. This beautiful wine will drink nicely in its youth due to its balance, but will also age gracefully. The blend is 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This wine doesn't always get the balance right for me, but in 2018 La Dominique manages to convey power and intensity without a trace of overly sweet fruit or oak. It's well balanced, elegant and fresh but with power, concentration and ageing potential. A hugely impressive effort, helped by a slight austerity to the tannins through the finish. The estate is located right next to Cheval Blanc and is currently in the middle of an ambitious replanting programme that will put the emphasis on Cabernet Franc. Michel Rolland consults. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine from a Vignobles Clément Fayat château is continuing to make great strides. It is powerful, revealing blackberry fruits, firm acidity and dense tannins. Coming together, they will give a fine wine. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Dominique is a racy, pliant wine. Sweet spice, mocha, dried flowers and menthol infuse this succulent, expressive Saint-Émilion. Even with all of its obvious concentration, the 2018 retains terrific freshness and poise, not to mention tons of character. Tasted two times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 La Dominique is quite cedary to begin, with truffles and fungi wafts over a core of baked plums, Morello cherries and boysenberries plus tree bark scents. Full, concentrated and packed with black fruit, it has rounded tannins and just enough freshness to lift the finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black-cherry colour, opaque core. Scented, intense black fruit with a delicate and counterbalancing floral note and lots of lovely pencil shavings. Sweet, intensely fruity but miraculously fresh too. Bouncy like a puppy but with depth. Fine tannins that take second place to the fruit. 17/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

91-93 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 La Dominique was vinified in a gentler way in terms of extraction to reduce the rusticity of the tannins, according to estate manager Gwendeline Lucas. It is matured in 50% new barrels plus amphora and eggs, not concrete but plastic. It offers blackcurrant and raspberry fruit on the nose, pressed iris and violets, a little more cohesion than previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with linear, quite strict tannins. This feels nicely focused with plenty of freshness. It needs a little more on the back palate to increase persistency (indeed, Lucas told me that there are moves to address this in 2019 under a new technical director). Otherwise, this is a Saint-Émilion that is moving in the right direction." (11/2019)

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