Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent - La Rochelle - 2016 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"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." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
ABOUT LA ROCHELLE VINEYARD
La Rochelle is a circular vineyard located on the southern slope of the Vérillats hill, directly in the wind corridor. It is south exposed and the slope is of 8%. The soil combines granitic sands in surface and clay in the underlayer.
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