Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Bourgogne, France

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent — 2021

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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: Sustainable; Organic cultivation without official certification
    • Vine Age: 60 years-old
    • Soil: Granite soil - rich in iron oxide, copper and manganese
    • Exposure: “Le Moulin-à-Vent”: Eastern exposure “Les Thorins”: Southern exposure “Les Caves”: Eastern exposure
    • Density: From 10,000 - 12,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • Late year with heterogeneous maturity and low yields due to spring frost and humidity. Slow but accomplished maturity on granitic soils.

  • Vinification

    • Traditional vinification without sulfites: one pumping over per day and a punching down during fermentation to release extra juice (and get a homogeneous pumping over.) Low fermentation temperatures (max 25°C) and average whole bunch rate of 20%. Total duration, from 15 to 18 days.

    • Aging: 40% oak aged, 60% stainless steel; 9 months in oak barrels, then 9 months in stainless-steel tanks or 18 months.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 3.3 g/L
    • p H: 3.56
  • Tasting Notes

    • Traditional vinification without sulfites: one pumping over per day and a punching down during fermentation to release extra juice (and get a homogeneous pumping over.) Low fermentation temperatures (max 25°C) and average whole bunch rate of 20%. Total duration, from 15 to 18 days.

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  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent — 2021 – Wine Advocate – 91 Points

    “Exudes aromas of heliotrope and rose petals, cherries, red plums, oak leaf and sweet spices. The medium to full-bodied wine offers an anchor of fine-knit, powdery tannins with lines of succulent acids that emphasize the tanginess of the concentrated cherry fruit flavors and highlight the complementary layers of dried herbs and cracked peppercorns underneath, culminating in a wispy, salivating finish marked with lasting flavor and a slight patina of cedar spice.”

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