Grapes: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Region: USA> California> Napa Valley> Yountville> Napanook Vyd. Notes: 98pts. from Robert Parker. Decanting is definitely recommended.
Description: Dominus means 'Lord Of The Estate" in Latin. In the late 1960's, Christian Moueix fell in love with Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine producer from Libourne, France, Christian returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateau Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Chateau Magdelaine in Saint Emilion. All the aforementioned chateaus have been at the top of their game for the last 15 to 30 years. In 1981, Christian Moueix purchased the historic Napanook Vineyard, a vineyard in Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 40's and 50's.
"The 2012 vintage exemplifies the finest qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon from an excellent vintage. A full-bodied and opulent wine with no hard edges. A seamless integration of acid, wood, and tannin that is built to age gracefully for 25 to 30 years. Christian Moueix has probably had his two greatest back-to-back vintages to date with the 2012 and 2013. The 2012s, which are just being released, include the unbelievable Dominus, made of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc and coming in at 14.3% natural alcohol. I said last year that it reminded me somewhat of the 1991 and the 1994, which are both still very strong efforts and, while fully mature, showed no signs of decline if well-stored.” - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Oct. 2015.