2020 - Ch La Dominique Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Dominique
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2025 - 2042
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH LA DOMINIQUE GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Dominique
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2025 - 2042
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
In Bond
Case price £223.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 La Dominique presents a nose of red and black fruit, subtle hints of fireside ash, and even a faint hint of Christmas cake in the background, all well defined and focused. The medium-bodied palate offers a sapid entry, crisp acidity and flavors of blackberry plus touches of tobacco and smoke, maintaining fine delineation all the way through to the finish. This is a step up from recent vintages, a testament to the changes that have been implemented at the estate. La Dominique is back! Drink 2028 - 2055

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 95

    Another successful vintage for La Dominique, ruby colour with violet reflections, this has the measured delivery of succulent damson and black cherry fruit, clearly gong for a gourmet-feel with grilled butterscotch and cocoa beans. It totally works - has firm tannins, cooling blue fruits and freshness through the middle, no dip in the mid palate and waves of secondary aromatics. Serious, and a clear progression of the past few vintages. Drink 2027-2042 (JA)

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Neighbouring Ch Cheval Blanc, this often overlooked estate is a real gem this year in 2020. A very layered wine, with plump rich wild fruit notes, it is ample in nature, juicy and generous. The dark flavours dovetail nicely with sensation of moroccan spice and roasted coffee beans. Enticing and open, this will show all its colours from an early age

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 94-95

    Very tight and focused red from here with blackberry, iodine and stone aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with ripe tannins that are fine-grained and show length. Pretty.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16+

    Dark, lustrous, blackish crimson. Sinewy, leathery nose. Sweet fruit on palate entry seems very unlike the nose but is very flattering. And then pretty dry tannins kick in. A wine with three, apparently unrelated, stages for the moment but with any luck all those elements will eventually knit together. 14.5% Drink 2028 – 2042

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Château La Dominique is a normal blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It's certainly in line with the 2018 and 2019, and if anything, can be thought of as a hypothetical mix of the two vintages, offering more precision and focus than the 2018 and more voluptuousness than the ethereal 2019. Gorgeous cassis and black raspberry fruits along with notes of bouquet garni, graphite, and chocolate define the bouquet, and it has some classic salty mineral nuances imparted by limestone, yet still brings an almost Pomerol-like mid-palate and density. With integrated tannins, wonderful freshness, and a great finish, I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar.

  • JR2

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16.5

    Ripe, modern and generous with plenty of dark and red fruit. There’s an opulence to the palate but it’s backed by a powerful tannic frame. Tannins finely honed. Vanilla oak present but it doesn’t overwhelm the fruit. Slightly warm finish. (JL) Drink 2027 – 2040

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 16.5+

    With coffee and mocha notes and extremely ripe plummy fruit on both the nose and palate, this wine is turbo-charged with flavour and while there is little balance or control it is a hectic creation and as there is so much going on it is rather fascinating trying to keep up with its pace. All in all, it gets and extra boost to the score for effort, but this is not nearly as refined as it should be.

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Producer

Château la Dominique

The 23ha La Dominique estate was bought in 1969 by the Fayat family. It shares almost 1 km of land with Cheval Blanc and has also other prestigious neighbors such as La Conseillante.The Fayat family have the clear objective for Château La Dominique, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé, and that it is the elevation to the status of Premiere Grand Cru Classé B in the next revision of the classification.Grape varieties are 86% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ageing is in 50-70% new oak.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.