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Auction: Fine and Rare Wine
was auctioned on: 10 June 2011
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Dominus--Vintage 1994

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Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200
Price realised:  US$780
Lot number 478, Views: 71

Dominus--Vintage 1994
2 magnums per lot
DOMINUS What happens when you combine French winemaker Christian Moueix of Pétrus fame with Napanook, one of Napa Valley's most famous vineyards? You get Dominus, a wine that shares a terroir with the legendary wines of the Inglenook Vineyards era. Dominus is a "Bordeaux blend," made up of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In France, a Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy blend like this would be found on the left bank, whereas Moueix is famous for his right bank wines: Pétrus, Trotanoy and Magdelaine. In typical Moueix style, Dominus is made in a very "French fashion:" serious attention to the vineyard health, three weeks of fermentation, 18 months in barrel, egg-white fining and no filtration. The first vintage for Dominus was in 1983. Dominus--Vintage 1994 Napa Valley Slight signs of old seepage "Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70 Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Cabernet Franc, 12 Merlot, and 4 Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking, yet has the potential to last for 30+ years." Robert Parker Wine Advocate #114 (Dec 1997) 2 magnums per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine and Rare Wine
Date of the auction: 10 Jun 2011
Address: Christie's
10 June 2011, New York, Rockefeller Center