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  • Country ranking ?

    300
  • Producer ranking ?

    27
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Game

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The Story

Dominus is created by French winemaker Christian Moueix, who crafted the wines of Chateau Petrus (a bottle of which recently sold at auction as one of the most expensive wines ever sold). The Dominus estate owns the historic Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. It is considered one of the finest reds of Napa Valley.

Christian Moueix’s approach to creating wines of stature and longevity in Napa’s fertile and warm climate wasn’t always as popular as it is today. It started with his search for the perfect piece of land where he could realize his dream of creating a Napa Valley Cabernet to rival the First Growths of Bordeaux. This didn’t happen overnight, in fact the entire vineyard that feeds Dominus was reorganized and replanted over the last three decades to take better advantage of the varieties, expositions and spacing that would best express this esteemed terroir. The introduction of Tod Mostero as vineyard manager and winemaker was another big step in the right direction.

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Gentle and Pure

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Plum, Honey and Leather

nose

Fresh, Seductive and Refined

taste

Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Fragrant, Refined and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Exotic

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle and in an perfect condition. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is refined, fresh, seductive and rich. The taste is harmonious, fragrant, refined, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with multi-dimensional, well-integrated, concentrated structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has blackberry, blackcurrant, creamy, dried-fruit, perfumed, truffles, vanilla, new-oak, leather, plum, honey and spice flavours. The finish is long, gentle, lingering and pure. This wine is transparent, exotic and fine. I paid around 500-1k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
  • 95p

Dark ruby red colour. The nose is complex, intense and rich with confectionary, toasty, and spicy aromas with chocolate and cigar. Full-bodied, round, silky texture, smooth tannins. Refined palate with great length – reminding of Le Pin. JL 95p (9/2018)

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Origin

Yountville, Napa Valley

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