Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chateau La Dominique

For lunch, on Friday, February 1st, Mr Clément Fayat and I will received all the brokers and négociants in Bordeaux who buy and sell the wines from Vignobles Clément Fayat:
Château Clément Pichon Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois
Château Prieurs de la Commanderie Pomerol
Commanderie de Mazeyres Pomerol
Château La Dominique, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé which has the clear objective set by the Fayat family to get the status of 1st Grand Cru Classé B in the next revision of the classification.
The reason for this reception is to show the determination of the Fayat family to catch-up on lost time and the ambitious program implemented to make each of these properties successful: The investments done in the past acquiring these vineyards as well as the current ones to provide the proper resources in personnel and equipment to reach these goals.
The beautiful reception and professional tasting rooms are a proof.

This will also be the opportunity to taste samples of the 2007 vintage where our properties will some of the best, as well as the 2006 which is ready for bottling. This will also give us the opportunity the thank every one who believed in us in 2006, and for some for 40 years! (I wasn’t involved at that time!)

La Dominique was bought in 1969, and it is a great opportunity for me to run this beautiful cru which shares almost 1 km of land with Cheval Blanc and has also other prestigious neighbors such as: La Conseillante and L’Evangile à Pomerol, and Jean Faure in Saint Emilion.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Thunevin,
Am I correct that Mr Rolland's final vintage was 2006? I cannot find much information about Ch la Dominique online and would be interested to know how the wines will be made in the future - if the elevage will change, etc. Thank you much in advance.

Jean-Luc Thunevin said...

It's true that Michel Rolland (who is now 60 and has a wish to "slow down" a little), wanted to reduce the number of Bordeaux growths he was working with,including Chateau La Dominique. Upon my request, Michel sent one of his most talented employees, Jean Philippe Fort, to follow up his work at La Dominique. He has just tasted all our 2007 and will be in charge of the final blending.
As a consultant, I always work with someone from the Rolland team, and if possible, Jean Philippe Fort more specifically . This is what I did for Fleur Cardinale and Chateau de Carles.
What will change ? Almost everything... But the best way to learn the "secret" would be to buy a property and hire me as consultant... In the mean time, do not hesitate to taste the 2006 and 2007 if you have the opportunity !

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Thunevin,

We had a pleasure to visit your lovely L'Essentiel Wine Bar in St Emilion 15th May. Great service, outstanding collection.

Question, does La Dominique 2003 have tasting notes and official ratings available? We bought total 12 bottles among others like Bad Boy.

Best regards,

Finnish Wine Enthusiastics