Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Bourgogne, France

Les Grands Savarins, Moulin-à-Vent — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: 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.

      WINE: These wines are crafted in the traditional style of the region, without utilizing carbonic maceration. They offer a level of structure and complexity that is on par with the wines from Côte de Nuits or Northern Rhône.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • ‘Les Grands Savarins” is a small plot in the heart of the “Aux Caves” terroir within the wind corridor. A special 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.

    • Appellation: Moulin-à-Vent, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne
    • Viticulture: Sustainable; Organic cultivation without official certification
    • Vine Age: 70 year-old vines
    • Soil: Granite soil - rich in iron oxide and manganese
    • Exposure: Eastern exposure
    • Density: From 10,000 - 12,500 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • A late year with varying levels of ripeness and low yields caused by spring frost and humidity. Gradual but successful ripening on granitic soils.

  • 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). Total duration, from 15 to 18 days.

    • Aging: 9 months in 70% French oak, (no new), then 9 months in stainless steel tank before bottling
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay (50% de-stemmed)
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 3.25 g/L
    • p H: 3.62
  • Tasting Notes

    • Aromas and flavors of juicy red fruits such as cherry and blackberry lend nicely to the subtle white pepper notes. A wine with great minerality, structure and length.