Chateau du Moulin a Vent - La Rochelle - red - 2015 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The 2015 Moulin A Vent la Rochelle comes from 85-year-old vines that were cropped at just 20 hectoliters per hectare, and 65% is aged in 50% new oak (Alliers and Vosges) for 12 months. It has a complex bouquet—a mixture of red and black fruit, hints of cold stone and violet. The palate is well balanced with supple redcurrant, cranberry and hoisin notes, fanning out with a structured, salted licorice-tinged finish that leaves the mouth tingling. It is a lovely wine, even if I might just err towards the elegance of the Champ de Cour this year.” Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
The Château du Moulin-à-Vent has been a leading light of wine exploitation in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation since 1732. Located 10kms south from Macon, in the southernmost tip of the Burgundy region, it owes its name to the old windmill that stands on the top of the hill of “les Thorins”. Before 1936 and the creation of the AOC Moulin-à-Vent, the estate was called Château des Thorins. The estate now stretches over 37 Ha of vines belonging to the greatest terroirs of the appellation, like Le Champ de Cour, La Rochelle and Les Vérillats. Château du Moulin-à-Vent is owned by the Parinet family, who has embarked on an ambitious plan to further improve the quality of the wines.
70,000 vines have been replanted, while the winemaking and ageing cellars have been given a complete makeover to bring the facilities in line with the quality of the terroirs. The Parinet family also introduced a quality strategy, based on highlighting the individual characteristics of each of the major terroirs, resulting in the vinification of 4 individual wines that emphasise the often underestimated richness of the appellation. The estate also switched to reasoned agriculture since the Parinet family’s arrival.
From: France, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent