Château du Moulin-à-Vent has 37 hectares including top single vineyards ‘Champ du Cour’ and ‘La Rochelle’. The vines are densely planted at 9,000 vines per hectare and yields are low, between 20-35 hectolitres per hectare, versus the minimum requirements of 6,000 vines per hectare and yields of 56 hectolitres per hectare for wines of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. Here Gamay is given the royal treatment and the resulting wines will develop and improve beautifully over time in the bottle. The wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in French oak with sizes ranging from 228, 350 to 500 litres, depending on the wine.
Situated in the heart of the Moulin-a-Vent appellation, the Champ de Cour vineyard is 3.2 hectares and grows at the foot of a granitic hillside, which is situated 220 metres above sea level. The soils here are deep with more clay content, due to the erosion of granite over time. The vines are an average age of 35-40 years and are trellis trained.
A warm June and July meant that the 2015 vintage started off well. Dry, sunny conditions in August caused a slight reduction in yields but cooler night time temperatures throughout the growing season helped the grapes ripen slowly and retain acidity. Strong southerly winds towards the end of August helped keep the grapes dry and healthy, free from fungal infection. The 2015 harvest was quite early in comparison to recent vintages.
The grapes were destemmed, crushed and cold soaked for three days prior to fermentation, to give colour and perfume to the wine. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts lasted for 21 days, with gentle punch downs to carefully extract colour and tannin. The wine was then aged for 12 months in 228 and 350 litre French oak barrels, from the Allier and Vosges forests.
This wine is deep ruby in colour, with intense aromas of red and black berries, vanilla and earthy rhubarb. On the palate, the wine is smooth with velvety tannins and floral and spice notes on the long finish.
|Grape Varieties||100% Gamay
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian|