Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent - Croix des Verillats - 2015 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"The 2015 Moulin A Vent Croix des Verillats comes from granitic soils known as "gorrhe" that are rich in manganese. The fruit is 75% de-stemmed and 65% is aged in oak for 12 months, 20% new wood. It has an elegant bouquet with red cherries, wild strawberry and crushed violet aromas. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, crisp acidity and a lithe, almost citrus fresh finish. The new oak is deftly used here, lending a sheen to the wine without encroaching upon its mineralité or terroir expression. Superb." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
ABOUT LES VERILLATS VINEYARD
Les Vérillats is one of the earliest delineated terroirs of Moulin-à-Vent.
Located above the windmill, on the top of the appellation, it stands at the very top of an old granitic mount at 280 meters high (918 feet). It has an eastern exposure with a panoramic view. The granite soil is exceptionally sandy — atypical for a great terroir of this appellation— 60 cm deep and well-drained. It is layered over a bedrock of pink granite that is rich in iron oxide, copper, and manganese. The vineyard lies in the corridor of drying winds that exert a positive effect on the maturation and concentration of the grapes.
Located in the southernmost tip of the Burgundy region, Moulin-à-Vent was one of the first appellations awarded AOC status in 1936. Château 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 Château des Thorins. Today, the estate encompasses 37 hectares (91.4 acres) of the appellation’s finest climats — Les Vérillats, Le Champ de Cour, La Rochelle — planted to Gamay Noir averaging 40 years in age. The underlying granite soil is rich in iron oxide, copper, and manganese, which may account for the wines’ aging potential. Since 2009, under the new ownership of the Parinet family, investment in the winemaking facilities and the vineyards has resulted in plot-specific signature wines expressing the individual characteristics of each exceptional terroir.
Appellation : Moulin a Vent
Owner : Edouard and Jean-Jacques Parinet
Winemaker: Brice Laffond
Size: 3.3 hectares
Grape: 100% Gamay Noir
Age of the vines: 35 years with 10,000 vines/hectares density
Culture: Sustainable Agriculture Practices
Aging: 12 months in barrel
Total Production: 72,000 bottles for the entire estate