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Winemaker: Christian Moueix

Christian Moueix is from Libourne, France, a town some 20 miles east of Bordeaux. He studied agriculture engineering in Paris followed by graduate studies in viticulture and enology at UC Davis in 1968 – 1969. Today, Christian is the President of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, the firm founded in the 1950’s by his late father. The firm manages the family vineyards, including among others, Château Pétrus and Château Hosanna in Pomerol, and Château Magdelaine and Château Le Prieuré in St. Emilion. As wine merchants, they also purchase and sell hundreds of wines throughout the region each year. In addition to his responsibilities in France, Christian also owns and manages Dominus Estate in Yountville, Napa Valley.

Christian first developed his interest in the Napa Valley after spending time in Davis in the 1960’s. Later, while he continued his winemaking responsibilities in France, he also consulted with several California winemakers about quality vineyards in the Napa Valley. This eventually led him to the renowned Napanook vineyard established in 1866 by General George Yount, and once known as the backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon produced for the famed Inglenook wines. Christian became a part owner in 1981 and a sole owner in 1995. He began producing Dominus in 1983 exclusively from the historic vineyard in Yountville where he later built in 1996 with famed Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron a state-of-the-art winery. Today, Christian continues the Napanook legacy through his Dominus and Napanook labels.