2003 Dominus 750ml

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2003 Dominus
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($109) Good ruby-red. Rich, smoky, expressive aromas of plum, currant, licorice, tobacco, game and leather. Suave and lush in the mouth, with explosive flavors of currant and graphite. Quite suave and pliant, offering excellent balance and full, broad, well-buffered tannins. This is just over 14% alcohol. The non-decanted version showed aromas of plum, redcurrant, mocha and nutty oak, and hints of tobacco leaf and licorice in the mouth. Though it was tighter and more firmly tannic, it also showed considerable early complexity. This distinctly claret-like vintage may well merit an even higher score with six to eight years of bottle aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2003 Dominus is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot (14.1% alcohol). Remarkably, it is the 20th vintage for Christian Moueix. Always a Bordeaux-inspired wine with restraint yet substance as well as a textured richness, the 2003 exhibits a deep plum/ruby/purple color, a creamy, opulent texture, no hard edges, and a wonderful sweetness of foresty, black currant and cherry fruit mixed with underbrush and hints of Chinese black tea. Well-proportioned and full-bodied, yet never over-stated or out of balance, this is another beauty from Moueix. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Score: 96
Author: dfn76
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 01/28/2012
I decanted for 12 hours and it was phenomenal
Score: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 01/02/2011

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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2025

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Score: 93
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/06/2008
Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Parker nailed this one. I would score just slightly lower, note that this needs two hours of air and discount the Bordeaux comparison: RP "There are 4,800 cases of this 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. A big, sweet nose of roasted coffee, Provencal herbs, black currants, cherry jam, plums, allspice, and forest floor is followed by a spicy, rich, full-bodied, fragrant, intense wine. The tannins are sweet, but noticeable in this beautifully complex, strikingly aromatic 2003. It has much more similarity to a great Bordeaux than anything from Napa Valley. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025."

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Score: 90
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/07/2008

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More Vintages and Sizes of Dominus:

2011 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)

About This Producer


Since its inaugural vintage in 1983, the wines of Dominus Estate have been crafted in a traditional and terroir-driven style by the luminous Christian Moueix of Petrus fame. Unable to pass up the change to make what he called the Haut-Brion of Napa, Moueix came to own the legendary Napanook Vineyard through a partnership with and eventual buyout of Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of John Daniel of Inglenook Winery. Moueix eschews irrigation, acidification, and the heavy usage of oak (18 months in French barrels, with only 1/3 new) common amongst his Napa colleagues. The exceptional terroir of Napanook in combination with his skillful viticulture and traditional winemaking techniques have repeatedly resulted in some of the most broadly enjoyable Napa Cabs available and clearly place Dominus in the upper echelon of this genre. Since 1996 the estate has released a second wine called Napanook.

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