ULYSSES - NAPA VALLEY
Located along Napa Valley’s Oakville bench, Ulysses Vineyard sits on an alluvial fan at the foot of the Mayacamas Range.
This historic vineyard was part of the original Charles Hopper Ranch in the 1800’s and was purchased by Christian Moueix in 2008.
Since then, Christian and his team have undertaken meticulous vineyard restoration, carefully studying the gravelly clay loam soils and the property’s microclimates. Dry farming, which enhances root depth and resistance to drought, is essential to produce Ulysses, a Cabernet Sauvignon that is a pure reflection of this significant terroir.
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Ulysses
Ulysses reflects the potential and individuality of the Ulysses Vineyard. Using a minimalist approach, Christian Moueix and his team employ careful observation and restrained intervention from vineyard to bottle to create an authentic, pure and radiant wine.
Ulysses is a distinctive estate-bottled Cabernet Sauvignon with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It should be decanted prior to serving.
Ulysses 2012, our first vintage, is a finely sculpted wine with powerful momentum and lift.
Ulysses is a result of Christian Moueix’s ongoing quest
to explore the character of an exceptional terroir and to translate its precise quality in a wine. His journey began in Bordeaux and continues today in both France and Napa Valley.
Son of Bordeaux wine merchant Jean-Pierre Moueix, Christian was born in Libourne, France. Having studied viticulture at University of California, Davis, his career has been marked by the introduction of revolutionary vineyard techniques. Today, along with Dominus Estate and Ulysses Vineyard in Napa Valley, he and his son Edouard, produce wine from eight family chateaux in Pomerol and Saint Emilion.
Christian is driven by his zealous pursuit of perfection and his belief in stewardship. His 45-year career has earned him recognition as one of wine’s great visionaries. Christian interprets the classic tale of Ulysses’ voyage as an epic journey and a lesson in humility. To him, the story evokes commitment, passion and the passage of time, all elements essential to our understanding of a vineyard and its potential to produce great wines.