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Château du Moulin-à-Vent: An Emblem of the Appellation

ST. HELENA, CA (August 7, 2014) — Wilson Daniels, a premier wines and spirits importer, welcomes the arrival of Château du Moulin-à-Vent to the global portfolio. Château du Moulin-à-Vent, a historic, family-owned winery located in the renowned Moulin-à-Vent appellation at the southernmost tip of Burgundy, produces 100 percent Gamey Noir à Jus Blanc from Champ de Cour, La Rochelle, Les Vérillats, Les Thorins, La Roche and Les Caves.

Château du Moulin-à-Vent has changed hands only twice in its 300-year-long history, in 1911 and again in 2009, when the Parinet family purchased the château. Jean-Jacques Parinet and his son, Edouard Parinet, recognized the unique terroir and plots of the appellation. Parinet and son embarked upon an ambitious project to renovate the cellars and replant the vineyards. Considerable investment in the winemaking facilities has been made since the Parinet family took over, bringing the cellars (which were built in the 1600s and 1700s) into the modern age.

The estate now encompasses 37 hectares (91.43 acres) of vineyards. The notable Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc vines — averaging from 40 years in age with some vines reaching 80 years — are planted at a density of 9,000 vines per hectare (3,642 vines per acre). As part of the restoration, some 70,000 vines were replanted to improve the quality of the wine and to restore the château to its rightful position as the ambassador of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation.

“Wilson Daniels is honored to represent this historical and prestigious property,” remarks Jack Daniels, president and founder of Wilson Daniels. “The Parinet family is a true visionary with an eye on quality; this esteemed estate is a perfect match for our global portfolio.”

In the 17th century, King Louis XIV declared the wines of Château du Moulin-à-Vent fit for a king. In 1732, records indicate the vineyards on the Thorins hillsides had already gained a reputation of high quality, as attested by their success at the royal court. Madame Philiberte Pommier (1763-1868), whose 1854 vintage won a best wine award at the Universal Exhibition in London in 1862, brought to light the rich qualities of Moulin-à-Vent. Pommier, a pioneer in her own right, set about delineating the individual terroirs of the estate (which at that time was called Château des Thorins). Her philosophy of parcel selection, pruning work in the vineyards, and aging of the wines has been transmitted over the past 150 years and continues to be applied by the Parinet family.

Each of the 91 plots within the Château du Moulin-à-Vent vineyards has its own identity and individual characteristics. Yields are kept low, and the granite soil is rich in iron oxide, copper and manganese, offering ideal conditions for the appellation’s single variety, Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. Jean-Jacques Parinet’s philosophy is to preserve the biodiversity of the terroir to drive the excellence of the wines; he is helped in this task by Brice Laffond, the estate’s winemaker.

Estate-grown and bottled Château du Moulin-à-Vent wines, all from the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, include the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Château du Moulin-à-Vent, 2011 Croix des Vérillats, 2011 Champ de Cour, 2009 Clos de Landres, 2012 Couvent des Thorins and 2012 Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes. These wines receive considerable praise, garnering some of the highest scores of the appellation.

About Wilson Daniels
Founded in 1978, Wilson Daniels is a family-owned sales and marketing firm representing a highly selective portfolio of the world’s most distinctive wines and spirits. Wilson Daniels focuses on developing long-term partnerships with critically acclaimed, family-owned producers that possess profound respect for terroir.

Wilson Daniels is the exclusive U.S. importer of Château du Moulin-à-Vent wines. For further information or samples please contact Jennifer Brown — 707.967.1827 or jbrown@wilsondaniels.com.

To learn more visit — www.wilsondaniels.com


August 7, 2014
Château du Moulin-à-Vent: An Emblem of the Appellation