Chateau La Dominique Saint-Emilion 2013
Located in the northwest part of Saint-Emilion, next to the Pomerol appellation, Château La Dominique has been a well-reputed estate for many years. Bordered by prestigious neighbours in a "cultural landscape" designated a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999, this 29-hectare estate is extremely well-situated. A Saint-Emilion grand cru classé, La Dominique has never stopped reinventing itself. For instance, an avant-garde cellar designed by world famous architect Jean Nouvel was housed in the traditional 18th century château in 2013. The vat room is now an integral part of the historic building, perfectly illustrating the estate's desire to respect the past while keeping up with the times. After renovating the vineyard and modernising the winemaking facilities, the Fayat family felt that it was also important to make Château la Dominique a place for social interaction, tastings, etc., and opened a convivial restaurant there.
Chateau La Dominique Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 29 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Dominique is planted to 81% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the goal of the estate to increase the portion of Cabernet Franc in the vineyards until they reach 20% of their total plantings.
In 2019, they planted a small .5 hectare of Malbec. In all, the vineyard consists of 23 planted hectares that are classified as Grand Cru Classe. The terroir is deep gravel over clay with some sand in the soil.
This is similar in some parts as to what you find at their neighbor, Chateau Cheval Blanc, which in part, accounts for the refined style of wine at both properties.
In fact, as you might expect, the best parcels in the La Dominique vineyard are located next to Cheval Blanc.