To discover Château La Dominique is to enter a unique architectural environment, a universe of nuances, where the wine finds an ideal setting for it to reveal its fullest expression. Vision, generosity, audacity, precision, balance and charm - these are the 6 nuances that symbolise the wines of La Dominique, based on the different sensations revealed during the tasting of these wines.
As in all beautiful stories, vision was key. It was in 1969 that Clément Fayat first assessed the potential of this Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Emilion, which, at that time, was only a grand residence surrounded by vines. Major work has since then been undertaken in both the vineyard and winery to elevate this estate to its current place as one of the best in its category.
Enjoying an ideal location in the northwest of Saint-Emilion and at the border of the Pomerol appellation, the 29-hectare Château La Dominique stands out for the generosity of its terroir. The estate’s exceptional vineyard is planted in the clay-gravel plateaus of Pomerol to the north and in clay-limestone subsoils typical of Saint-Emilion further south. Meanwhile, pockets of rare blue clay soils complete the configuration of the property’s terroir.
The Fayat family has continued to develop the property with an audacious approach. In 2012, the family invited the internationally renowned architect Jean Nouvel to design the new winery. The state-of-the-art technical equipment blends harmoniously with both man-made and natural elements of the environment. The building attracts the eye with its subtle play of materials and reflections.
The teams have carried out a complete restructuring of the vineyard with precision at the core of their approach. Always in search of long-term improvement, the vineyard teams have completed an in-depth study of the soil, which has made it possible to identify the best plots and to adapt each plot to the grape best suited to it. More Cabernet Franc was also planted, a grape variety which lends the wine a straightforward quality and a certain freshness.
At Château La Dominique, balance and respect for the environment are fundamental. A sustainable approach is taken out in the vineyards in order to limit the impact of the team on their environment. The chateau holds the ISO 14001 certification and the HVE standard of high environmental quality. During the blending process, the selection of grape varieties perfectly illustrates this search for balance: Merlot brings a certain roundness to the wine, while Cabernet Franc lends it freshness.
Château La Dominique is renowned for its harmonious wines, which deliver ripe fruit aromas, spicy notes and, in many vintages, notes of truffle, liquorice, pepper and undergrowth. On the palate, the wine presents a straightforward attack, followed by a round and juicy texture, with silky tannins. The long and flavourful finish leaves a pleasant sensation of fullness.
With the arrival of the new 2019 vintage, the Fayat family celebrates 50 years of commitment and passion. Since he acquired the château in 1969, Clément Fayat, a true builder at heart, has undertaken the complete restructuring of the vineyard, the addition of more Cabernet Franc vines, and significant construction projects as well as improvements to the winery. Over time, the estate has grown to the 29 hectares it holds today. Clément Fayat has served as an embodiment of ambition in his constant quest for improvement. His son and successor, Jean-Claude Fayat, today shares the same view: harnassing savoir-faire to continue on a path to excellence.