Saturday, 30 May 2015

2003 Dominus

A friend generously brought this for dinner a while back. I recently drank the 1991 with great satisfaction. The 12 year younger version didn´t disappoint.

2003 Dominus
Decanted for an hour, and even with that air time it needs some time to open up in the glass. But nice things come for those wait - lovely notes of ripe black currants, corinthians, sweet tobacco, warm earth and cold coffee. A hint of toothpaste. The fruit is ripe and generous with a fine depth. Feels a bit more California than the 91, which has always been a dead ringer for a top notch Bordeaux.
The taste is tight and concentrated with a great combination of ripe fruit, caressing tannins and a sturdy backbone. Fine notes of chocolate covered black currants, leather, tobacco and autumn leaves. The finish goes on for over a minute. More restrained and Bordeaux-like on the palate. Needs another 5+ years to hit full maturity. Great wine. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
94p   (tasted 2015/05)

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