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Auction: Auction 09.04.2005
was auctioned on: 9 April 2005
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Dominus--Vintage 1995

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Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000
Price realised:  US$822
Lot number 744, Views: 30

DOMINUS AND THE NAPANOOK VINEYARD Napanook is on the west side of the Napa Valley facing the town of Yountville, approximately one-third of the way up the valley. Historical records show that in 1836 George Yount, who gave his name to Yountville, planted the first vines of the valley on the location of Napanook vineyard, before selling the land in 1850 to Charles Hopper. Since then, Napanook has had several owners, including Hugh La Rue, one of the pioneers in the use of rootstock and John Daniel, famous for the Inglenook Cask Selection. Christian Moueix fell in love with the valley and its wines while studying at U.C. Davis in 1968 and 1969. After many years of searching the ideal vineyard location, in 1982 he entered into a joint venture with Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, John Daniel's two daughters. This was the birth of Dominus, and its first vintage was harvested in 1983, however, it was felt that the 1983's structure was such that it needed further time in bottle to resolve a stout tannic structure. As such the team at Dominus initiated a break from tradition and released the 1984 vintage as the first commercial release. Since then, Christian Moueix has worked to restore the unique character of the original vineyard. He became full owner in 1995." Dominus--Vintage 1995 Napa Valley Both lots in six-bottle original wooden cases "Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. The 1995 Dominus (6,000 cases produced from a blend of 80 Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 Cabernet Franc, 6 Petit Verdot, and 4 Merlot) is a ripe, plummy, supple, expansively-flavored wine with copious quantities of black currant fruit. Full-bodied and low in acidity, it possesses exceptional concentration and purity. Qualitatively, it is built along the lines of the 1992 and 1990. While it is not as powerful or intense as the 1996 or 1994, the 1995 is a large-scaled, rich, concentrated wine that should provide splendid drinking for two decades." Robert Parker Wine Advocate, #114 (Dec 1997) 6 bottles per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 09.04.2005
Date of the auction: 9 Apr 2005
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center