Pre-order now: The nose is so pure and fine. It’s 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is extremely rare, as even the most famous producers of the Medoc, left bank, despite this being Cabernet terroir, opt for a decent slug of Merlot in their wines these days, to soften their wines for the market, compared to what they used to do. It’s a bit like adding milk or cream to coffee. It can work well, but if you’ve got an excellent coffee it’s good to know what it’s like unadulterated. Like the great wines of Bordeaux, when made extremely well, it’s beautiful to drink young. Despite the tannins and structure, it’s so well balanced. There is generosity here too, but this has such finesse. This is a beautiful, fantastic example of Pauillac. Drink now to 2040 +
A Master of Wine friend and former colleague, who has lived for in Bordeaux for 20 years, sent me an excited email about a special producer he’d come across that he thought I really must taste. Samples arrived, and yes, this is a super special find! When consider the price of its most famous neighbours, this is phenomenally well priced! There are actually two excellent wines from this producer, Dompierre. The Pauillac comes from 2.3 hectares of vines in the St Lambert sector of Pauillac. This puts them at less than 1km from the Chateau Latour winery buildings and directly contiguous to those of Latour, Pichon-Lalande, Pichon-Baron and Lynch-Bages.