Robert Parker 92
The 2014 Le Dôme was tasted directly after its lieutenant, the Vieux Château Mazerat, and to be frank I found that the latter had overtaken the Le Dôme in its slipstream. Sure, the Le Dôme comes replete with attractive black cherry, allspice and black truffle aromas, although I discerned more complexity conferred upon the Vieux Château Mazerat. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded, generous opening, quite rich and heady as usual, although the acidity keeps a rein on the things. It is a voluminous Le Dôme, but I still uphold that this would have benefited from a shorter cuvaison period.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2030
The 80% Cabernet Franc-based Le Dôme is aromatically precise, nuanced and savory, yet also possesses remarkable richness. Bold and super-expressive, the 2014 hits all the right notes, deftly balancing intense fruit, lifted aromatics and precise, piercing minerality. This is a fabulous showing from Jonathan Maltus. Le Dôme is 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.