Dominus Estate Bordeaux 2018 (750 ml)

  • JS: 100
  • JD: 100
  • WS: 97

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Dominus Estate Bordeaux 2018

Dominus Bordeaux 2018 is perfectly balanced and focused on the palate, with enticing aromas of sweet blue fruit, jasmine, and cardamom, followed by layers of plum and caramel. The wine finishes long, with a lift and acceleration that linger on the taste buds. The 2018 vintage has been highly acclaimed by critics, with Wine Advocate awarding it a near-perfect score of 99 points, calling it "a full-bodied, decadently fruited wine with a plush, velvety texture and oh-so-inviting personality."

Indulge in the exquisite taste of Dominus Estate Bordeaux 2018, a true gem of Napa Valley crafted by renowned Bordeaux producer Christian Moueix. Bottled from the historic Napanook Vineyard, this wine boasts a refined expression of the Yountville microclimate, where cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay moderate temperatures and promote the growth of Bordeaux varietals. Planted in 1838, the vineyard continues to evolve under Moueix's stewardship, resulting in a wine that showcases the essence of this special terroir.

Experience the elegance and complexity of Dominus Estate Bordeaux, a wine that truly reflects the passion and expertise of its makers. This wine is a perfect pairing for hearty meat dishes, roasted vegetables, and mature cheeses, or simply enjoyed on its own as a testament to the art of winemaking.

Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Issue Oct 31, 2021 - Rated 97:
This is tightly packed, with sleek, pure, driven notes of cassis, plum reduction and blackberry puree allied to an iron spine, while subtle alder, juniper, sweet bay leaf and tobacco notes peek in throughout. Very fine-grained, but impressively sturdy in feel, with a long, lingering note of iron piercing the finish. For the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040. 4,000 cases made. — JM

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Published 26th Feb 2021 - Rated 99:
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Dominus slowly emerges from the glass with profound notes of blackcurrant cordial, ripe black plums, boysenberries and Black Forest cake with hints of violets, star anise, cracked black pepper, raspberry leaves and pencil lead, plus a touch of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers impactful black fruit layers, creating a beguiling sense of richness that is beautifully countered by invigorating freshness and great poise, framed by super ripe, plush tannins and beautiful tension, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note and, finally, lots of mineral sparks. For all that it is at the moment, one cannot help but feel that this 2018 is holding something back. Give it a good five years in bottle, at least, and then get set for what I suspect will be a mind-blowing transformation over the next 30 years+. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Jeb Dunnuck Review - Tasted 1/27/2021 - Rated 100:
The flagship 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 40% new French oak. With an essence of Cabernet-like character in its darker currants, green tobacco, cedar, graphite, and floral aromas and flavors, this gorgeous wine is full-bodied and has bright yet integrated acidity, polished tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s just gorgeously put together and a magical, flawless wine. It's going to take a decade to hit maturity but will evolve for 40-50 years in cold cellars. It is as good as it gets in classic, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon! - Jeb Dunnuck

James Suckling Review - Published February 3, 2022 - Rated 100:
This is incredible on the nose, offering hot stones, blackcurrants, iodine and wet earth. Full-bodied with a tight center palate, then it opens with a tannin structure that is weightless and spreads across the palate. Totally integrated on the palate. This is a magic-carpet wine. Really incredible. One of the reference points for the vintage. Drinkable now and please try a bottle, but it’s one for the cellar.

Winery Dominus Estate
Country United States
Region Napa Valley, California
Year 2018
Grape Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.5%
Wine Style Red Wine

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