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Château La Dominique 2014
Saint-Emilion Classified Growth
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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 2014.
Description Château La Dominique 2014.
The 2014 vintage produced a very nice wine for Chateau La Dominique on the right bank of Bordeaux. After a homogeneous flowering of the vines in May, the summer saw alternating phases of heat and coolness. September and October, on the other hand, will be very beautiful and warm, marked by a dry period accompanied by a north wind that will concentrate the berries in tannins, aromas and color.
Blend of the 2014 vintage: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet franc.
The robe reveals a lovely dark red color, tinged with subtle garnet highlights.
The nose is particularly pleasant and balanced, offering beautiful notes of ripe black fruit, raspberry and peppery spices, as well as a touch of wood and licorice.
The attack is precise and juicy, the wine is sensual and fruity with flavors of cherry and black currant. Its very fine tannic structure and its lively acidity give it a lot of freshness and persistence. It ends on a long silky and persistent finish.
Food and wine pairing:
Château La Dominique 2014 could accompany spit-roasted pigeon, wood-fired beef tagliata, Angus beef with Chimichurri sauce, veal grenadin with morel sauce, or roasted venison noisette.
For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier or Salers.
For dessert, enjoy it with a tiramisu, an Opéra cake or a Dôme praliné.
Cellaring potential and tasting:
Château La Dominique 2014 can still benefit from its aging potential in order to mature, and can be enjoyed until 2030.
But it is perfectly suitable for tasting now, taking care to open and decant the bottle ideally 3 to 4 hours before tasting, at a room temperature of between 15 and 18°C.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.