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Bordeaux blends, Dominus Napa Valley 2008
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Dominus, Napa Valley 2008

Dominus, Napa Valley 2008

Now 30 years old, this venture is a Californian classic. But the real success is how Christian Moueix, proprietor of Pétrus, so fine-tuned his approach with Cabernet while turning his back on Merlot. The 2008 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. While oak may be Napa’s mainstay, Dominus sees just 40% new barrels, leaving its fate more to a relentless focus on sorting and the Napanook vineyard’s sublime soils. A sweet floral edge enlivens creamy blackberry, sandalwood and gravelly mineral, with wellrobed tannins that only appear at the finish. For all the flesh, this has long-lived savoury nuance. 19.5pts/20
Price: £90–£92 (in bond) Averys, Corney & Barrow, Private Cellar, The Wine Society
Drink: 2013–2028
Alc: 14.1%

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