Christian Moueix

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Christian Moueix/Dominus: The Importance

Christian Moueix is seen by many to be the one of the most important men in wine. Named Decanter Man of the Year in 2008 and as president of Bordeaux négociant Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix (JP Moueix), Christian Moueix has overseen production of several estates in Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, including Pétrus and Château Trotanoy.

 

However, it is Moueix’s work across the Atlantic that is currently turning heads: he is the founder and owner of Dominus, the Californian cult label with the pedigree of top-class right-bank Bordeaux. To quote Robert Parker: “The Dominus wines possess a distinctive French character… The wines go from strength to strength and are meant to age for 20 to 25 years. They represent profound expressions of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made in the style of an outstanding Bordeaux.

 

Christian Moueix/Dominus: The Insight

As might be expected from a man who played an instrumental part in the evolution of Pétrus, Moueix’s Dominus is a simply brilliant wine. The essence of Bordeaux runs through the DNA of Dominus, complementing the Napa terroir beautifully. Low yields result in dense, concentrated wines, which Robert Parker comments “smell like a hypothetical blend of a top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a serious Bordeaux, possibly a cross blend of a Pomerol and Pauillac.”

 

Typically complex, with intense aromatics and full-bodied, Cabernet-dominated flavours, the estate's two chief wines - the Dominus and Napanook proprietary reds - are, quite simply, the perfect blends of the best of Bordeaux and the best of California. The first vintage of Dominus was 1983 while the first of Napanook was 1996. With 100 Robert Parker points apiece, the Dominus 2010 and 2013 are the two showstoppers, but plenty more follow hot on their heels, such as the 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2008.

 

Christian Moueix/Dominus: The Background

Moueix first fell in love with Napa Valley in the 1960s while attending the University of California. On graduating he returned home to manage the family vineyards, including those of Pétrus, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy and Magdelaine. However he could not resist Napa’s siren call forever, and in 1980s he took joint possession of the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124 acre site credited with producing the fruit of the some of Napa’s greatest historic wines. By 1995, Moueix was the vineyard’s sole owner. In 1997 construction was completed on the Dominus winery, a striking combination of metal and rock designed by famous Swiss architect duo Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron. It was the architects’ first project in the US, and has been described by some as “the stealth winery” for the way that it seems to vanish into the surrounding landscape.

 

Though the estate has been in production in Yountville's Napanook in the foothills of the Mayacamas for more than twenty years, the recent vintages have been some of the most remarkable in Dominus' impressive history, with near-perfect scores awarded for its 2012 and 2013 vintages, bringing it to the fore of Napa's roster of icon wines. He called the estate Dominus and the rest is a modern winemaking success story.

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2013 Dominus Moueix; Christian

100.0

2013 Dominus

100.0
£3,193.00
£1,597.00

2012 Dominus Moueix; Christian

98.33

2012 Dominus

98.33
£2,401.00
£1,200.00

2011 Dominus Moueix; Christian

91.5

2011 Dominus

91.5
£1,251.00
£1,251.00
£625.00
£107.00

2010 Dominus Moueix; Christian

97.75

2010 Dominus

97.75
£3,525.00
£3,525.00
£1,761.00
£294.00

2009 Dominus Moueix; Christian

96.3

2009 Dominus

96.3
£1,441.00
£719.00
£122.00

2006 Dominus Moueix; Christian

95.33

2006 Dominus

95.33
£1,839.00
£921.00
£307.00

2004 Dominus Moueix; Christian

97.0

2004 Dominus

97.0
£1,527.00
DP £112.00

2002 Dominus Moueix; Christian

88.5

2002 Dominus

88.5
£3,974.00
£1,986.00
£331.00

1999 Dominus Moueix; Christian

89.5

1999 Dominus

89.5
£2,036.00
£2,036.00
£1,019.00
£171.00

1998 Dominus Moueix; Christian

89.0

1998 Dominus

89.0
£1,591.00
£1,591.00
£135.00

1997 Dominus Moueix; Christian

94.5

1997 Dominus

94.5
£2,336.00
£2,336.00
DP £1,168.00
£196.00

1996 Dominus Moueix; Christian

94.0

1996 Dominus

94.0
£2,018.00
£2,018.00
£1,010.00
DP £170.00

1995 Dominus Moueix; Christian

92.5

1995 Dominus

92.5
£2,208.00
£2,208.00
£1,105.00
£186.00

1994 Dominus Moueix; Christian

94.5

1994 Dominus

94.5
£2,629.00
£220.00
DP £220.00

1992 Dominus Moueix; Christian

93.5

1992 Dominus

93.5
£2,291.00
£192.00
DP £192.00

1988 Dominus Moueix; Christian

89.0

1988 Dominus

89.0
£1,393.00
DP £118.00

1987 Dominus Moueix; Christian

1987 Dominus

£2,279.00
£191.00

1985 Dominus Moueix; Christian

91.0

1985 Dominus

91.0
£2,339.00
DP £196.00

1984 Dominus Moueix; Christian

93.0

1984 Dominus

93.0
£2,363.00
£1,181.00

1983 Dominus Moueix; Christian

1983 Dominus

£2,725.00
£1,908.00

2013 Napanook Moueix; Christian

95.0

2013 Napanook

95.0
£690.00
£690.00

2012 Napanook Moueix; Christian

94.0

2012 Napanook

94.0
£421.00
£421.00
£38.00

2011 Napanook Moueix; Christian

89.67

2011 Napanook

89.67
£372.00
£372.00
£34.00

2010 Napanook Moueix; Christian

93.0

2010 Napanook

93.0
£461.00
£41.00

2009 Napanook Moueix; Christian

92.33

2009 Napanook

92.33
£440.00
£440.00
£40.00

2007 Napanook Moueix; Christian

90.83

2007 Napanook

90.83
£399.00
£399.00

2004 Napanook Moueix; Christian

90.75

2004 Napanook

90.75
£403.00
£403.00
Sold Out
£37.00

2013 Othello Moueix; Christian California

2013 Othello California

£379.00
£379.00

2012 Othello Moueix; Christian California

2012 Othello California

£321.00
£321.00

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