We have followed and admired Dominus for the last decade and its annual release is always eagerly anticipated. The 2010’s perfect score will no doubt cause a frenzy of interest. He who hesitates…
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jane Boyce MW.
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 Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Christian Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.
His love of the 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.
2010 Vintage, Napa Valley: Robert Parker’s verdict:
All the 2010s are in bottle, and as the following tasting notes suggest, they are gorgeous wines with obvious structure as well as fabulously pure fruit, a certain accessibility in spite of the tannin levels, and sumptuous ripeness.
They are neither over the top nor super high in alcohol, as the 2001s, 2002s, 2005s, and 2007s tended to be. This should be a long-lived vintage, but that may be unimportant as it seems to me that immediate gratification is winning the hearts and minds of more and more wine consumers.
Dominus 2010 (100 points, drink 2013 – 38)
Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the stunning, full-bodied 2010 Dominus boasts an exceptional perfume of hoisin sauce, licorice, underbrush, forest floor, plums, black currants and jammy cherries intertwined with hints of cedar, baking spices and oak. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured, the 2010 is on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the 2009 (somewhat of an anomaly for these two vintages). This exquisite as well as prodigious 2010 can be drunk young, but it should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Bravo!
Napanook 2010 (92 points, drink: 2013 - 2028)
The 2010 Napanook (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) reveals a pungent, spicy, earthy, slightly herbal nose, and an exuberant mouthfeel with lots of plum, licorice, red and black currants and a hint of sweet cherries. The wine is slightly more in-your-face and aggressive than most Napanooks, but I enjoyed its exuberant style. Drink this beautiful 2010 over the next 12-15 years.
Because our allocation of Dominus is miniscule we are offering Dominus 2010 and Napanook 2010 together as a parcel. The Napanook offers immediate / short term drinking, while the Dominus can be cellared either for investment or for drinking at a later date.
Prices (in bond):
Dominus 2010: £875 per case x 6 bottles
Napanook 2010: £475 per case x 12 bottles
Dominus / Napanook 2010 parcel £1,350 (limited to 1 per customer, includes 1 case x 6 bottles of Dominus 2010 and 1 case x 12 bottles of Napanook 2010.)
Prices exclude duty & VAT. The wines are due to arrive in bond May / June 2014.
In addition to our 2010 offer, we have limited availability of the sensational Napanook 2009 available for immediate delivery (duty and VAT inclusive). This wine is just starting to drink and offers many of the qualities of Dominus at a much more affordable price:
Napanook 2009: £539.46 per case of 12 bottles (inc duty and VAT).
Should you wish to purchase the Napanook 2009 for storage under bond, please contact us and we will be happy to give you an under bond price.