Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750ml - Liquors Inc.
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750ml
SKU: 38599

Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

  • wa97
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Category Red Wine
Origin Chile, Maipo Valley
Brand Domus Aurea
Alcohol/vol 14.8%
Intense and bright ruby garnet, Domus 2016 displays an elegant nose made of leather tones and berries: Black currants, raspberries and fig accents. Still very young, it needs to breathe to offer layers of spicy tobacco, noble roasted oak and its famous minty accents underlined by graphite notes. The very same youth is also expressed at the palate where the barrel aging is logically still present. Nevertheless, elegance also rules in here, trough a sfot texture where fine and soft tannins are on their way to a great integration. Balance is also the seal of the long and velvety finish, expressing loads of spicy wild berries and balsamic tones. Quite more about classic elegance than sheer exuberance, its complexity shall rise in the 5 years to come.
Wine Advocate
  • wa97

2016 was one of the most unusual vintages in Chile in recent times, as it was much colder than usual and rained a lot. The 2016 Domus Aurea, one of the most classical among the Cabernets from Maipo, contains 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot that were harvested early-ish, before the big rains. After a cold soak that lasted around 12 days, the grapes started fermenting spontaneously in stainless steel. Part of the wine underwent malolactic in tanks and part in barrel. The élevage was in French oak barrels, 53% of them new, and lasted 16 to 18 months. This is radically different from the 2015 I tasted next to it: 2015 was warm and dry, while 2016 cold and wet, and the wines show it. I love this 2016, a subtler wine that is more introverted, shy and serious but with a level of complexity and depth, refinement and nuance I have not seen in any previous vintages. It's the most elegant Domus to date, with a level of precision that is not easy to achieve. While it keeps the classical Domus style and the Maipo character, it's a lot subtler, fresh and balanced. Curiously enough, this is the only year the blend has had more than 8% Cabernet Franc, and winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze thinks Cabernet Franc (which was better than ever in 2016) has contributed enormously to the nuance and elegance here. Bravo! Well done! 27,779 bottles produced.

February 28, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
  • we92

Out of the blocks, this Cabernet from a difficult rain-plagued vintage feels sharp and angular. Bright acidity and raw tannins continue a theme of ruggedness, but it's filled out by flavors of blackberry, chocolate and herbs. While this is tough and prickly, it shows a lot of what makes Maipo Valley Cabernet highly regarded. Drink through 2026.

March 1, 2021

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