Ulysses Vineyard 2015

14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2015
  • WS 93
  • WE 94
  • WA 95
  • DEC 95
  • JD 95
  • JS 97
  • VIN 96
  • WI 95
  • JCR 17.5/20
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Ulysses Vineyard 2015, skillfully crafted by Winemaker Christian Moueix, is an exceptional wine that offers a captivating experience. This vintage, primarily composed of Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, reflects the unique terroir of the Ulysses Vineyard in Oakville.

In the glass, the wine exhibits a deep, alluring garnet color that hints at the richness within. On the nose, it entices with an array of aromatic complexities, including lavender, sage, and hints of blond tobacco. These fragrances intertwine seamlessly with the enticing notes of blue plum, providing an opulent olfactory experience.

Upon tasting, Ulysses 2015 delivers a harmonious blend of flavors that envelop the palate. Lavender and sage gracefully merge with layers of blond tobacco and the succulent essence of blue plum. This wine showcases tremendous opulence and potential. It boasts a lush, full-bodied character that is underpinned by a vibrant acidity, resulting in a wine of great structure and elegance.

The 2015 vintage was marked by a wet winter and a dry spring, followed by consistently warm temperatures during the growing season, with a notable heatwave in August. Despite the challenges, this wine embodies the best of the vintage, with its earthy sage, clove, cedar, and tobacco notes, reminiscent of Old World wines.

Ulysses Vineyard 2015 has garnered critical acclaim from top wine experts, receiving high scores and praise for its exceptional qualities. With 93 points from Wine Spectator, this wine impresses with its vibrant acidity and iron-laced tannins, showcasing a long life ahead. Wine Advocate awards it 95 points, highlighting its smooth, rich, and supple character, with a finish that adds touches of dark chocolate, mocha, and licorice. James Suckling gives it a remarkable 97 points, noting its aromas of dark fruit, black olives, and spices, with a beautifully balanced palate. Vinous rates it at 96 points, celebrating its power, purity of fruit, and striking structure. The Wine Independent commends its expressive crame de cassis nose and elegant depth, suggesting it will cellar gracefully for over two decades. Jancis Robinson’s 17.5/20 points praise its earthy, ripe, and terroir-driven qualities, comparing it to a good Pomerol. These accolades affirm Ulysses 2015 as a wine of exceptional quality and great promise.

Ulysses Vineyard 2015 is a wine that demands patience, with its youthful tightness promising a long life ahead. It is a testament to the dedication and meticulous work of the winemaking team, and its complexity and structure make it a wine worthy of aging. Whether enjoyed now or in the future, this wine offers a captivating journey through its layers of flavor and aromatic nuances.


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Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
Youthfully tight, featuring a wall of toast and dark earth notes out front, keeping a hefty core of steeped currant, blackberry and fig fruit at bay for now. The long, loamy spine carries the finish, with tobacco and alder notes filling in. Very backward now. This will require patience. (JS)
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
From the Ulysses Vineyard in Oakville, and blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine impresses in earthy sage, clove, cedar and tobacco. Old World in style, it has appealing aspects of crushed rock and structured tannin, with just a hint of dark chocolate and currant. (
WA 95
Wine Advocate
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon remains relatively primary, with cedar and vanilla notes atop cherry and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, it's smooth, rich and supple, concentrated but finessed, finishing long and silky, adding touches of dark chocolate, mocha and licorice. This looks capable of aging for at least another 20 years, but it's far from being inaccessible now.
DEC 95
From the first sip this is silky rich and vibrant, full of dark chocolate and brushed velvet textures of damson and bilberry alongside toasted oak with rosemary and sage spice. There are still a few years ahead before it starts to fully open for drinking, with tight tannins and eucalyptus emphasising its youth right now. 2015 was a short growing season, with a small crop that saw about 30% less yields than the year before, so just 1,000 cases. This is the fourth vintage of Christian Moueix's newest Napa estate (bought in 2008 but with replanting the first vintage was only released in 2012), and the first one where the vines are starting to take on a little age and to respond to the intensive work on the soils. 50% new oak. (JA)
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
sity plantings, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. It’s a vibrant, elegant wine that has an exotic character in its blue fruits, gravelly minerality, dried herbs, and savory forest floor aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, with good concentration and integrated acidity, it needs 3-5 years of bottle age to come together and is a beautiful wine.
JS 97
James Suckling
Aromas of dark fruit, such as blackberries and black olives, as well as black tea and tanned leather. Raspberries and lemon spices, too. Full-bodied, very tight and polished with beautiful tannins and a weave of fruit and acidity to beautifully buttress the whole wine. Balanced and bright for the vintage. Drink in 2020 and onwards.
VIN 96
The 2015 Ulysses brings together the richness of the year with a good bit of underlying support. Dark and powerful in the glass, but with silky tannins and striking purity of fruit, the 2015 is a wonderfully complete wine. Black cherry, plum, gravel, lavender, and menthol give the 2015 many of its aromatic and flavor signatures. Readers will find much to admire in the 2015. The interplay of aromatics, fruit and structure places Ulysses among the finest wines of the vintage. (AG)
WI 95
The Wine Independent
Possessing mere splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautifully expressive crème de cassis nose with underlying black cherries, chocolate box, star anise and violets plus touches of pencil shavings and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers a quiet intensity of black fruits and restrained earthy layers supported by chewy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with mineral and savory nuances. It has lovely elegance and depth. It needs another 2-3 years in bottle, then it should cellar gracefully over the next 20+ years.
JCR 17.5/20
Jancis Robinson
Earthy, ripe, intriguing nose – seems more terroir-driven than stereotypical Napa Cab. Ripe and velvety – not utterly different from a good Pomerol! Long and fresh on the finish. Truly appetising. Really well made. Medium length.

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Winemaker of Ulysses Vineyard 2015

Christian Moueix

Christian Moueix

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