Producers of one of the finest Bordeaux blend wines in California, the Dominus Estate are one of the standout wineries of the Napa Valley region, so much so that it’s now owned by one of France’s most famed wine merchants. Here, we highlight some key points around the Dominus Estate for those thinking of investing.
- The L Word
In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moue, the famed wine merchant and producer from Lilbourn, France, Moue returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including chateau Petrus, la fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.
- Lord of the Estate
His love of Napa Valley lingered and, in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name ‘Dominus’ or ’Lord of the Estate’ in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.
- The Importance of Napanook
Some of the vines at Napanook are over 100 years old and it was one of the 3 vineyards from which the great vintages of Inglenook were produced. Dominus is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
- The Old Cliché
Known for its complexity and balance, Dominus demonstrates the potential of a wine produced on exceptional terroir. Structured, seamless and perfectly integrated, Dominus is an elegant wine that improves with age.