Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Bourgogne, France

Les Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Exclusively from the terroir ‘les Vérillats’: 4,418 ha, is located on the top of one of the granitic mounts in Moulin-à-Vent, 300m in altitude, neighboring
      the terroir ‘la Rochelle’. The soil consists of 60cm of granitic porous sands which lays over the source rock. This terroir is in the winds corridor with an
      eastern exposure.

    • Viticulture: Organic cultivation without official certification; natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management; gobelet pruning and trellising.
    • Vine Age: 70 years old
    • Density: 10,000-12,500 vines/hectare
  • 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. 25% destemmed.
    • Yields: 25 hectoliters per 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: 25% oak aged, 75% 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

    • On the nose, aromas of cherry add up to touches of gentian. On the palate, delicate aromas of sage and white pepper develop, and the finish reveals a certain granitic freshness.



  • Les Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    “Elegant and refined, with some real power, too. This has nice integration to the black pepper, charred apple wood and black tea notes that underscore red plum and cherry. A polished, balanced red, with good depth.”

  • Les Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

    “One of a series of single-vineyard wines from the notable estate, this full wine has power, with a dark, firm character that needs plenty of time. The wine's structure shows the intensity of a fine Moulin-à-Vent, rich and ageworthy.”

  • Les Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent — 2020 – Vinous – 90 Points

    “There are red cherries, pain d'épices and light licorice scents on the nose. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins.”