Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Bourgogne, France

La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Exclusively from the terroir ‘la Rochelle’: 4,218 ha, below the neighboring terroir ‘les Vérillats’, on the top of the appellation at 280m in altitude, ‘la Rochelle’ is located on the top part of the Vérillats mount south slope. Deep granitic soils, rich with clay, This terroir is in a windy corridor, due to its southern exposure.

    • Viticulture: Organic cultivation without official certification; natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management; gobelet pruning and trellising
    • Vine Age: 80+ years
    • 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 and sunny vintage. Harvest was early, and long due to the heterogeneity of maturity of the terroirs.

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from August 20 – September 8, in small 30-liter containers; two sorting tables positioned before the destemmer. 60% destemmed.
    • Yields: From 10,000 - 12,500 vines/hectare
  • Vinification

    • Traditional vinification without sulphites: 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 35%. Total duration is 15 to 18 days.

    • Aging: 30% oak aged, 70% in stainless-steel tanks for 18 months
    • Bottled: March 22, 2022
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 3.7 g/L
    • p H: 3.44
  • Tasting Notes

    • The nose is mineral, with aromas of ripe cherries announcing a structured and elegant wine. The silky tannins give roundness to the wine which finishes on a granitic note. A wine with great aging potential.



  • La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    “Shows nice concentration and density, with a distinctive salty brine note infusing a base of sweet cherry and dried strawberry. Reveals leather and smoke, while black pepper graces the svelte, persistent close.”

  • La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020 – Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points

    “The top wine from the estate, this is rich, opulent and full of both fruit and structure. It is one of the single-vineyard wines produced at the property, dense and with immense potential.”

  • La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020 – Vinous – 92 Points

    “Has a perfumed and more floral bouquet that is well-defined, a mixture of baked cherries and bilberry. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, a fine bead of acidity and touches of white pepper and clove enhancing the harmonious finish. Persistent aftertaste.”