Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Bourgogne, France

La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Exclusively coming from the single-vineyard “la Rochelle” which is located below the neighboring terroir of “les Vérillats” (“les Vérillats is on the eastern slope of the hill), at the top of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation at 280 meters (918 feet) in altitude. La Rochelle is a circular vineyard located on the southern slope of the Vérillats hill, directly in the wind corridor.

    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”): natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management
    • Size: 4.218 hectares (10.43 acres)
    • Vine Age: 70-year old vines
    • Soil: granitic sands, deeper than the Vérillats
    • Orientation: South exposure; this terroir is in the wind corridor (à vent)
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • A difficult vintage with very heterogeneous maturity. Even when it means fewer bottles, Château du Moulin-à-Vent has a serious policy regarding quality and meticulous grape selection and sorting. This is all the more true for challenging vintages such as 2012, when ripening is uneven and harvesting must be very selective.

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from September 13 - 24, in small 30-liter containers; sorting table positioned before the destemmer
    • Yields: 16 hectoliters per hectare (Normal yields in the region are 45 - 50 hl/ha, while the maximum authorized is 52 hl/ha.)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “It initially has a more introspective bouquet that demands coaxing, but it is worth the effort as it reveals pure Morello cherry, red currant and cranberry scents that are neatly interlaced with minerals. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannins. There is plenty of energy in this Moulin-à-Vent, and though it does not quite possess the length of a great vintage, it has impressive definition and focus.” 91 pts.
      Neil Martin, The Wine Advocate



  • La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent – 2012 – 91 points – Vinous

    “… Nervy, spice-tinged red currant and cherry aromas take a turn to deeper cassis … Finishes sappy and spicy, with a jolt of smoky minerals and dusty tannins coming in late ...”