Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Bourgogne, France

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2013

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  • Introduction

    • Located in the southernmost tip of the Burgundy region, Moulin-à-Vent was one of the first appellations awarded AOC status in 1936. Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent, named for the 300-year-old stone windmill atop the hill of Les Thorins, dates back to 1732 when it was called Chateau des Thorins.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • This is a blend of the Château’s top three sites: Moulin-à-Vent, ‘Les Thorins’ and ‘Les Caves’. Delicious ripe red fruit, great structure, and lift, it showcases the cru of Moulin-à-Vent in a glass.

    • Vineyards: This flagship wine is produced from selections of the harvest from three top terroirs of Moulin-à-Vent, all located near the fifteenth century windmill at the heart of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. The altitude is between 240-280 meters (787-918 feet) with a predominantly southeastern exposure.
    • Appellation: Moulin-à-Vent
    • Location: Bourgogne
    • Cultivation: Organic without official certification; Sustainable
    • Vine Age: 40-80 years old
    • Soil: Granite soil - rich in iron oxide, copper and manganese
    • Exposure: “Le Moulin-à-Vent”: Eastern exposure “La Roche”: Eastern exposure “Les Thorins”: Southern exposure “Les Caves”: Eastern exposure
    • Density: From 10,000 - 12,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • The vintage of this wine was excellent as the maturation period was long and cold in September. The result is a powerful and lively wine with good acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 13-24
    • Yields: 16 hl/ha (2.67 tons/acre). Normal yields in the region are 45-50 hl/ha, while the maximum authorized is 52 hl/ha.
  • Vinification

    • 100% destemmed; pumping-over during cold pre-fermentation soak and at the end of fermentation to increase roundness and finesse. Punching the cap at the beginning of fermentation; 21 days extraction to bring out the full potential of the terroirs; 100% indigenous yeast.

    • Aging: 80% stainless steel vats, 20% oak aged (20% new oak; 80% one time used barrel); French oak from the Allier and Vosges forests. Aged for 11 months in total.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir (80% de-stemmed)
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A handsome, deep red color with purple tints and lovely aromas, with perfectly mature red and black fruit, hints of spice, and floral notes of rose, peony, and violet. Good body with fine tannins and good length. Rich, opulent, and complex, finishing on a spicy note.