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Dominus Napanook Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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CWA

RP

WS

JS96

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $89.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

96 Points
“This is fantastic on the nose with blackberries and forest flowers. Very aromatic. Full body with soft, well-integrated and medium-grained tannins. Undertones of black olives. Love the hints of sandalwood. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling

BACKGROUND
One of the few producers to make classic wines in both the old and new worlds, Christian Moueix is President of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, the leading wine company of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and owner of Dominus Estate in the Napa Valley. 

Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the legendary Bordeaux wine merchant, Christian was born in Libourne, France in 1946. After completing his agricultural engineering studies in Paris and graduate studies in viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis in 1968-69, he joined Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1970 and, in 1991, became its President. A viticulturalist at heart, Christian Moueix’s tenure has been marked by the introduction of revolutionary vineyard techniques including, from 1973 on, cropthinning as a means to improve grape quality. Today he produces wine from eight family chateaux including, in Pomerol, La Fleur Petrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna, and in Saint Emilion, Belair-Monange. He directed Chateau Petrus for 38 years, ending with the 2008 vintage. 

In 1982, Christian Moueix formed a partnership to produce Dominus from the historic Napa-nook Vineyard in Yountville. Adapting his French technical approach to Californian conditions, his focus has been on grape growing, arguing for dry-farming as both an ecological measure and a means to produce grapes of the finest quality. With maximum attention to the vineyard and a minimalist approach to winemaking, he produces wines of elegance, complexity and longevity. In 1995, he became sole owner of Dominus Estate, and with a continued commitment to producing classic wines from the great Napa terroirs, he acquired a 40 acres vineyard in Oakville in 2008.
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*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

96 Points
“This is fantastic on the nose with blackberries and forest flowers. Very aromatic. Full body with soft, well-integrated and medium-grained tannins. Undertones of black olives. Love the hints of sandalwood. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling

BACKGROUND
One of the few producers to make classic wines in both the old and new worlds, Christian Moueix is President of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, the leading wine company of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and owner of Dominus Estate in the Napa Valley. 

Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the legendary Bordeaux wine merchant, Christian was born in Libourne, France in 1946. After completing his agricultural engineering studies in Paris and graduate studies in viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis in 1968-69, he joined Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1970 and, in 1991, became its President. A viticulturalist at heart, Christian Moueix’s tenure has been marked by the introduction of revolutionary vineyard techniques including, from 1973 on, cropthinning as a means to improve grape quality. Today he produces wine from eight family chateaux including, in Pomerol, La Fleur Petrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna, and in Saint Emilion, Belair-Monange. He directed Chateau Petrus for 38 years, ending with the 2008 vintage. 

In 1982, Christian Moueix formed a partnership to produce Dominus from the historic Napa-nook Vineyard in Yountville. Adapting his French technical approach to Californian conditions, his focus has been on grape growing, arguing for dry-farming as both an ecological measure and a means to produce grapes of the finest quality. With maximum attention to the vineyard and a minimalist approach to winemaking, he produces wines of elegance, complexity and longevity. In 1995, he became sole owner of Dominus Estate, and with a continued commitment to producing classic wines from the great Napa terroirs, he acquired a 40 acres vineyard in Oakville in 2008.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Dominus Estate

Vineyard Designate

AVA Yountville

Region Napa Valley