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Château La Dominique 2005 Magnum
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
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Château La Dominique
It's impossible to miss this winery with the pretty red facade of Château La Dominique, right in the middle of the Saint-Emilion vineyard landscape and on the edge of the Pomerol appellation. Wine property since the 16th century, its name would have been chosen by Henri Greloud, its owner in the 18th century, in reference to the island of Dominica in the Caribbean, which belonged to the triangular trade and contributed to the wealth of Bordeaux. Acquired in 1969 by the Clément Fayat group, the vineyard has not ceased for several years to be the subject of improvements.
A turning point in its progress was notably its technical complex created by architect Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 2014. It includes both the winemaking spaces and a rooftop reception point with the restaurant "the red terrace". The latter offers a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding vineyards.
The Château La Dominique will be named Grand Cru Classé from the creation of the classification of Saint-Emilion in 1955, so much so that it was already at the time renowned for the consistency and quality of its wines. It has always maintained this position since that date.
Neighboring prestigious Châteaux such as Cheval Blanc, La Conseillante or l'Evangile, Château La Dominique has a 29-hectare vineyard planted on clay-gravel, clay-limestone and sandy-clay soil. The grape varieties are 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 60% of which are new.
The property produces a Second wine, Relais de La Dominique.
The Château La Dominique produces some of the most precise and complex wines of Saint-Emilion. They are known for their generosity and offer a beautiful balance between silky tannins and a finesse of fruit.
Critics Château La Dominique 2005 Magnum.
Description Château La Dominique 2005 Magnum.
The 2005 vintage was an exceptional viticultural success for the Bordeaux vineyard. It was a year marked by drought as well as by strong heat in spring and summer, but without excess. These beautiful conditions lasted until the end of the harvest, allowing us to offer grapes of perfect quality.
Blend of the 2005 vintage: 89% Merlot, 11% Cabernet franc.
The robe is a beautiful deep dark color, with garnet-red tinged highlights.
The nose is complex and balanced, offering notes of black fruits, kirsch cherry, pepper and blond tobacco, enhanced by a hint of floral and spicy notes.
Supple and juicy at the attack, it evolves on a fleshy and generous texture, wrapped in a tannic frame of an elegant precision. Playing on a tertiary register of menthol, woody and ripe red fruits, it blooms with freshness on a long racy finish.
Food and wine pairing:
Château La Dominique 2005 in magnum will pair perfectly with a roasted shoulder of wild boar, a filet of hare, a rack of lamb confit, a back of rabbit with mustard or a dish of fresh tagliatelle with truffles.
For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, Morbier or Salers.
For dessert, the pairing will be gourmet with a crunchy praline entremets, a hazelnut tart or a Grand Cru chocolate tart.
Ageing potential and tasting:
Château La Dominique 2005 in magnum can still wait in the cellar until 2035, as the large capacity of the format allows the wine to acquire greater aging potential.
However, it can be wonderfully enjoyed now. To do this, place the bottle in the serving room the night before at a temperature ideally between 15 and 18°C and open it. Otherwise, open it and, if possible, decant it ideally 5 to 6 hours before tasting.
The bottles should be kept in the cellar in a dark place, lying down, with an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.