When you hear the name Christian Moueix in the world of wine, you immediately think of a legend. The infamous wines of Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux and his reference point Cabernet in Napa at Dominus Estate are the envy of collectors and connoisseurs from around the globe. This magic touch continues with his work at the famed Napanook Estate that saw some of the first grape plantings in the valley. This rich and seductive Cabernet-based wine offers intense black and blue-berried fruits, flamboyant chocolate and spice tones on the nose and a finish that goes on and on. It is like getting the flagship wine of Dominus for a quarter of the price and the same quality of fruit! Our allocations are extremely limited here, so now is the time to act!
Christian Moueix, whose family owns Château Pétrus in Pomerol, fell in love with Napa Valley during the late 1960s while attending UC Davis. In 1982, he partnered with Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, daughters of legendary Inglenook owner/winemaker John Daniel, to create Dominus Estate on the site of the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville. This was the only portion of the old Inglenook estate retained by the Daniel family after Inglenook was sold in 1964. The first vintage was 1983 and since then, Moueix has painstakingly restored the original vineyard - first planted in 1836 by pioneer George Yount - which now totals 108 dry-farmed acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
This is so drinkable now. Savory and yummy. Lots of blackberries, blueberries and currants. Full-to medium-bodied, tight and silky with beautiful freshness and finesse. So long and caressing, yet tightly grained tannins give it tension. Lovely drinkability.