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2013 Saint Emilion

Grapes Merlot, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion

Composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, this cuvee has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any Bordeaux wine. The 2013-s natural alcohol came in at an impressive 12.9%. Sweet notes of forest floor, blueberries and raspberries jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored St. Emilion. Medium-bodied with ripe, well-integrated tannins, adequate acidity and an attractive plump, sweet, succulent character (atypical for a 2013), this beauty is a brilliantly crafted wine from proprietor Jonathan Maltus. It should drink well for 10-12 years. 2014-2026 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Aug 2014)

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(80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc; 3.65 pH; 3.65 total acidity; 12.9% alcohol): Good full red. Aromas of blackcurrant, strawberry, camphor and cocoa are lifted by an exotic spicy violet perfume. Silky-sweet, precise and intense, showing excellent lift to the red fruit and spice flavors. Wonderfully juicy, youthfully imploded wine, finishing with serious but fine-grained tannins and noteworthy length. This isn't the most concentrated Le Dome ever but it's beautifully balanced and precise. Rating: 89-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

Cabernet Franc 80% Merlot 20% The nose has an attractive mix of flavours with black fruits to the fore. Rich and sweet in the middle black cherry and plum is enriched by dark chocolate and coffee beans. There is herbal freshness at the back a hint of spicy oak with lots of rich fruit filling out the finish. 2017-28. Rating: 89-93 Derek Smedley MW, 2014)

There’s no denying that this is an atypical Le Dôme in terms of alcohol content (12.9%) but the 80/20 split between Cabernet Franc and Merlot is consistent. Fresh, spicy and enticing, this wears its concentration lightly and is none the worse for that. 2018-23 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

(80 Cabernet Franc, 20 Merlot) 12.9% alcohol. Great balance and exceptional freshness, this is a superb, dense, bold and impactful wine with considerable depth and pristine tannins. The remarkable thing is it is all so bright, lifted and refreshing. It will age gracefully showing us a different mood of the great Le Dôme. Apparently, 2013 is not a Cabernet Franc year – this wine is the exception which proves the rule. Rating: 18+ Matthew Jukes 2014)

80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot. Juicy and fresh – a little burnt-meat character and pencil shavings on the finish. Pretty compact and austere – good stuff, worth ageing. (RH) Drink 2018-2028. Richard Hemming MW - 2014)

Deep colour. Refreshing Cabernet (80% Franc) nose. Sweet-fruited attack and mid-palate. Smooth, supple texture. Drink: 2019-2030. Rating: 17.25 James Lawther MW, 2014)

The Le Dôme 2013 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot picked on 17 October and 8 October respectively, raised in 80% new oak. It has a floral bouquet with touches of dried violet petals infusing the dark plum fruit. It is more linear than previous vintages, but well defined. The palate is supple on the entry but with quite firm tannins underneath. There is a touch of saltiness on the tip of the tongue, linear and quite masculine, less flamboyant than previous vintages, mild mannered and well behaved with good length on the finish. A little broody perhaps, but this will be intriguing to taste once bottled. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, 2014)

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