Château La Dominique Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2009 Bordeaux, $56.94-$66,99, 94 points, (100% Merlot), began, not as I usually describe a wine, with its appearance in the glass, but on another 'planet'.
Before I get into my review routine, I should confess that I've never tasted a Merlot quite like this one (manifesting a severe lack of experience). Invigorating and with excitation, incredible spiciness tingled my tactile senses from beginning to end, and it did so within its medium-plus body of good integrated acids, strident tannin, and black fruit.
The long finish intensified the spiciness, added tart grape-skin flavor, and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
Appeared dense ruby and trended purple-red with a broad clear rim.
Aromatic floral cedar, earth tones, and toasty cherry (in the common vernacular) were awesome.
La Dominique isn't for everyone, but if you have a palate that craves a pure dynamic well of textural flavor, then give this one a taste.
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