New release : Annonce de Bélair-Monange and Espérance de Trotanoy 2019Image
A few days ago we released the 2019 vintage of Annonce de Bélair-Monange and Espérance de Trotanoy.
2019 is an exceptional, if small, vintage. Two main factors led to the small yields: first, a difficult flowering that resulted in an uneven fruit set, followed by a hot and dry summer that led to[...]Read more >
James Suckling 2021 : Top 100 wines of France and the WorldImage
Last week James Suckling published his annual lists for the Top 100 Wines of the world and of France. We were delighted to learn that four of our wines were present on these lists:
Dominus Estate 2018 - #9 in the Top 100 Wines of the World
Château Trotanoy - #2 in the Top 100 Wines of France,[...]Read more >
Dominus 2018 is Wine Spectator’s 2021 Wine of the yearImage
On Friday November 19th, the Wine Spectator gave our Dominus 2018 the distinction of Wine of the Year for 2021.
This honor caught us by complete surprise and the outpouring of praise for Dominus has been overwhelming.
We are grateful for this recognition. Grateful for our team, for their hard[...]Read more >
DOMINUS ESTATE RECEIVES ORGANIC CERTIFICATIONImage
Dominus Estate is pleased to announce that the sustainably and dry farmed Napanook vineyard received its CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certification for organic farming practices on May 10, 2021.
Over the years, Dominus Estate has worked to achieve the Napa Green Land and the Napa[...]Read more >
Terre de Vins : Interview with Edouard and Christian MoueixImage
Terre de Vins magazine published an interview with Edouard and Christian Moueix in their July 2021 edition as part of their recurring "Saga" feature.
In this exclusive interview, Christian Moueix recounts his experience in California ("California in the 1960s intrigued the young provincial that[...]Read more >
The 2020 vintage - the third act of a great trilogy
We are delighted to present the 2020 vintage.
The third act in a trilogy of great vintages, 2020 shares with its predecessors the warm, dry, sunny weather conditions that contributed to producing wonderfully rich, seductive wines. 2020 further possesses a singular freshness and purity that[...]Read more >
Grape rinsing in NAPA following the wildfiresImage
Since 1983, we have practiced rinsing the vineyard two or three weeks before harvest. The goal is to refresh the grapes and leaves by eliminating accumulated dust, the equivalent of taking a shower after a hot day. The water necessary for this practice is very limited, roughly 0.8 liters per[...]Read more >
Nesting Boxes: protecting the fauna in our vineyardsImage
The environment is more than ever at the center of our concerns, whether it be within our vineyards or in the natural spaces that encompass them. These areas are the habitats for wildlife that crucially must be encouraged to settle, develop and thrive.
For many years now we have adapted our[...]Read more >
COVID-19: EXCEPTIONAL CLOSURE OF OUR CELLARS AND OFFICESImage
March 17 2020 :
Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the exceptional measures announced by the French government, we have decided to close our cellars and offices until further notice.
All shipments, visits, appointments and tastings are postponed for the time being. Our[...]Read more >
Bélair-Monange in Vigneron Magazine, Fall 2019Image
Château Bélair-Monange participated in the Fall 2019 edition of Vigneron Magazine, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Saint-Emilion's confirmation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A pleasure and an honor to receive the talented Jean-Luc Barde (prose) and Leif Carlsson (images). You can enjoy the[...]Read more >
Bélair-Monange 2015 receives 100 pts from james sucklingImage
Château Bélair-Monange 2015 was awarded 100 pts by James Suckling upon tasting the wine in bottle in January 2017.
Regarding the 2015 vintage, he writes: “The fine structure of most 2015 Bordeaux, however, is what makes them so attractive. While many are approachable now as young wines and give[...]Read more >
Press : the 2015 vintage «in the bottle»Image
“Viens, le soleil te parle en paroles sublimes”
(“Come, the sun beckons in exquisite tones »)
This verse, selected by Christian Moueix to characterize the 2015 vintage, is drawn from the poem « Midi » (« Noon ») by Leconte de Lisle in which Man is invited to luxuriate in the noon-time summer sun[...]Read more >
Dominus 2015 awarded 100 pts by Robert Parker’s Wine advocateImage
The quality of the 2015 vintage at Dominus Estate, Yountville Napa Valley, was confirmed on October 31, 2017 when the wine was awarded the prestigious “100 points” by Robert Parker Jr.’s Wine Advocate.
According to Christian Moueix, “Nature bestowed upon this wine the richness of Napa and the[...]Read more >
Clos la Madeleine: the Latest Addition to Domaines Jean-Pierre MoueixImage
We are pleased to inform you that, on September 25th 2017, we finalized the acquisition of Clos la Madeleine, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, and Château Magnan la Gaffelière, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.
Located on the central limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion, surrounded by the vineyard of Château[...]Read more >
Our environmental approach: a quest for balanceImage
In the same way that we tailor our viticulture to the individual characteristics of each micro-terroir (geology, micro-climates, rootstocks, vine vigor and age among a variety of other factors), our work to preserve the environment is equally rooted in meticulous observation and the quest for[...]Read more >
Green harvest at Château Bélair-MonangeImage
First introduced by Christian Moueix in 1973, green harvesting, or the elimination of certain clusters to ensure that the fruit left on the vine will ripen homogenously, was at first unanimously shunned, before slowly being tolerated, accepted, and, today, virtually universally considered an[...]Read more >
Sunday prayers with Trotanoy: a rare vertical by the Wine AdvocateImage
A Sunday morning last November, Neal Martin and Edouard Moueix presented a rare vertical of Château Trotanoy at the Wine Advocate Matter of Taste tasting in Hong Kong. The vintages presented at the tasting were 1989, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010, with all wines shipped directly from[...]Read more >
I’ll drink to that : Christian Moueix interviewed by Levi Dalton
In May 2017, U.S. based journalist Levi Dalton joined us for a few days at Château La Fleur-Pétrus in Pomerol to record an interview for his podcast, “I’ll drink to that”. We were honored that he travelled all the way from New York City to discover the vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion[...]Read more >
Defining a great wine: interview with Christian and Edouard MoueixImageIn this short video, Christian and Edouard Moueix, the second and third generations to lead the family company, offer a rare glimpse into the history and philosophy of the Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix. United around the quest for quality above all else, they describe the particularities of the[...]Read more >
Vigneron Magazine: spotlight on Château Bélair-MonangeImage
This winter we had the pleasure of receiving Orianne Noailhac and Denis Hervier from Vigneron Magazine, who mentioned they might be interested in writing an article about Bélair-Monange for their spring issue. It was a wonderful opportunity to gather around some great food, wine and company as[...]Read more >