2009 Chateau Domeyne

Year: 2009
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91-94
James Suckling: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
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60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon

"Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe fruit, toasted oak and spices. Long and caressing. A relatively new estate to watch." (WS)

"Blackberries, with nutmeg and cloves. Subtle aromas. Medium-to-full body, with soft silky tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced. Try in 2015." (JS)


In all my many years of Bordeaux wine tasting this is the first time I have tried the Saint Estephe, Chateau Domeyne. Well, this introduction certainly foretells a fine start, for this velvety, balanced red, that is a true bargain at its normally $30 price, let alone L.A. Wine Companies $24.95 discount offering.

Chateau Domeyne is situated in the northernmost part of St. Estephe, just bordering the Bas (lower) Medoc and adjacent to the well known third growth Chateau Calon Segur. Its path to real improvement began only a few years ago in 2006 when it was purchased by Mmme. Clair Vilars (who now also owns the Pauillac Grand Cru Ch. Haut-Bages Liberal and the Margaux grand cru estate of Chateau Ferrier). And right from the get-go, with a sizeable investment, she has markedly improved the quality of these three somewhat forgotten Chateaus.

AS you would imagine, with the excellence of the 2009 vintage, this is the finest Chateau Domeyne she has yet produced and the best wine ever produced from this vineyard, The cepage is typical of St. Estephe, being a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The high per cent of Merlot I feel is one of the major factors in this medium to semi-full-bodied wine being so supple and velvety and moderate in Tannins and yet with sufficient concentration to allow for a very appealing long finish. Enjoyable now, it will even gain with a cou¬ple more years’ bottle age and keep well at least throughout the decade.

Chateau Domeyne is a petit 18 or so acre vineyard producing around 4000 cases a year. Known for once producing good but somewhat rustic wines, the new owner has corrected that shortcoming in a major way. Certainly one of the best 2009 left bank Bordeaux available at this modest discount price.


PRICE: $24.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
The vineyard of Château Domeyne is located on a beautiful hill of big gravels and it surrounds the vineyard of Château Calon-Segur. The property confirmed in 2003 its ranking of the 1932 Cru Bourgeois and collects good scores every year. Excellent facilities allow the winemaking of a wine full of nuances and personality.

In 2006, Château Domeyne was bought by Claire Villars Lurton, owner of Château Haut-Bages Liberal and Château Ferrière, 5th Classified Growth of Pauillac and 3rd Classified Growth of Margaux, and her husband Gonzague Lurton, owner of Château Durfort Vivens, 2nd Classified Growth of Margaux. They put all their know-how to lift this wine among the best in the classification of Saint Estèphe. In this new goal of quality, Claire and Gonzague LURTON carry on the challenge to bring to light Château Domeyne.

This year is the earliest of the last 5 years. The rainfall from April to September was lower than previous years, 45% less than in 2007. This resulted in a lower yield per plant. September and October were marked by cool nights, which favored a steady and slow ripening. The grapes reached high levels of compounds and at the same time expressed a nice freshness.

The color is dark garnet. The nose offers aromas of cherry and has density. On the palate, the wine is round, fruity and fresh. The palate is full bodied with ripe and powerful tannins.