Scion of the Times
Christian Moueix, the scion of the powerful French wine merchant Établissements Jean-pierre Moueix, which owns such illustrious Bordeaux names as Château Trotanoy and La Fleur-petrus, has added a second Napa Valley estate to the empire. Ulysses joins Dominus in the heart of some of the best vineyards in Oakville. It is on the northernmost edge of the Missouri Hopper Vineyard, just east of the Vine Hill estate and about two kilometres north of Dominus. It has deep gravelly soils that are perfect for cabernet sauvignon. Moueix bought the property eight years ago and quietly renovated the vineyards and the simple barn. Ulysses’ 13 hectares are planted with 85 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 9 per cent cabernet franc and the rest petit verdot.