Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Burgundy, France

La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • A specific type of granite soil (“gorrhe”) overlays the deeper soils that are rich in manganese and metallic oxides. The powerful winds blowing through this appellation have a positive impact on the maturation and concentration of the grapes.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • La Rochelle is a circular vineyard located on the southern slope of the Vérillats hill, directly in the wind corridor. It is south exposed and the slope is of 8%. The soil combines granitic sands in surface and clay in the underlayer.

    • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”): natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management.
    • Size: 4.218 hectares (10.43 acres)
    • Vine Age: 80+ year old vines
    • Soil: Granitic sands, deeper than the Vérillats
    • Orientation: South exposure; this terroir is in the wind corridor
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare (4,047 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • Very good vintage, very sunny. The frost (during the night of 3 to 4 April) and summer heatwaves led to a low yield. Quite late vintage. Balanced, fine and aromatic wines.

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from September 11 – September 18, in small 30-liter containers; two sorting table positioned before the destemmer.
    • Yields: 25 hectoliters per hectare (less than 2 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • 75% whole cluster; 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.

    • Aging: 12 months; 30% French oak barrels, 70% stainless steel, then six months in stainless steel tank before bottling, oak chosen from the Allier and Vosges forests.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • Optimum Drinking: 6+ years, with gradual development over the years. Younger wines should be poured into a carafe one hour before serving.
  • Tasting Notes

    • Aromas of violets and ripe red fruits open to a palate of black plum, juicy cherry and concentrated spice. A gamay with powerful tannins to carry this wine through years of elegant aging.