1998 Château La Dominique (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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Bordeaux, France, Libournais, Red Wine, St. Émilion Grand Cru


Solid wine. Popped and poured. Color still looks fairly youthful with no browning around the edges. Nose shows really nice plum fruit, smoke, and dried/grilled herbs. Good texture and roundness. Cherry and plum flavors dominate, but in a very feminine structure. Extremely elegant. I suspect that friends of high extraction will not like this wine, but fans of elegant, terroir-driven wines will love this, especially as a food companion. Consumed with roast duck tonight.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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