Ulysses Vineyard is located in California, along the Oakville bench and at the foot of the Mayacamas Range. It used to be a part of the original Charles Hopper Ranch in the 18th century. It has been acquired in 2008 by Christian Moueix, one of the most visionary men in the wine industry. The name of this vineyard – Ulysses – has been inspired by the devotion, the humility and the challenge tendency Ulysse demonstrated during its 10 year epic journey after the Trojan War. It takes on its full meaning as the vineyard has gone through a restoration and a deep study of the soils and microclimates since 2008, in order to launch a new wine from Napa Valley.
Who is Christian Moueix?
Native of Libourne in France, Christian Moueix is the son of the wine merchant Jean-Pierre Moueix. He studied viticulture at UC Davis which allowed him to develop and introduce new revolutionary practices in the vineyard that are employed by some of the most prestigious chateaux nowadays. With a 45 year carreer, he and more recently his son Edouard have been producing wines in 8 family chateaux in the Pomerol and Saint-Emilion appellations (Bordeaux area), as well as in Dominus Estate and Ulysses Vineyard in California.
Terroir and wines
The soil is composed of clay and gravels, perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the dominant grape varietal in Ulysses Vineyard wines. Some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are also grown. The vines are sustainably managed following the Dry Farming rules which permits to the vine roots to go deeper into the soil and to become more resistant to drought. Another advantage of this technique is that by going further in depth, the roots draw on more nutrients from the soil. In the end it provides a real personality to the wines and a great expression of the terroir. The 2012 vintage was the first to be released and observed a fine structure and a fantastic elegance.
Hortense Bernard, General Manager at Millesima USA, had the privilege to taste in preview those fantastic wines in New York City. Today, we are very proud to be one of the very few retailers to have Ulysses’ wines in stock in NYC.