The 2018 vintage from Napa’s Dominus trio is a must – a year in which all three wines have excelled.
In the late 1960s, while studying at the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix (pictured left) fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines.
In 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook Vineyard, a 42 hectare estate in Yountville which provided fruit for some of the finest Napa wines of the 1940s and 1950s.
In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. Dominus, ‘Master’ in Latin, has fulfilled its name!
THE 2018 VINTAGE
Harvest, from 1st - 15th October, was 12 days behind average. Having started with the Cabernet Franc, the team paused for a storm which brought 3cm of rain on 2nd and 3rd October.
Hot and very dry weather returned on 5th October, allowing harvest to continue with the Cabernet Sauvignon on 9th October, followed by the Petit Verdot. 94% of the fruit was between 9th and 15th October. The grapes were full and ripe, feeding into the ease and expressiveness of the finished wines.
Corney & Barrow Score 17.5
Recommended drinking from 2021–2025
Corney & Barrow Score 17.5 -18
Recommended drinking from 2023–2030
Corney & Barrow Score 18
Recommended drinking from 2026–2040+