Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent `La Rochelle` 2016 Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais, France
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MIX 6 BOTTLE PRICE: £22.49
From the top single vineyard site in MDV +80 plus year old vines, named as one of decanters wine of the year for 2020! This domaine produces some of the finest wines of all Moulin à Vent, the most prestigious of all the Beaujolais Crus. Not only that, it's won a huge haul of top awards. This is their glorious, ageworth 2016, pulsing with silky ripe fruit.
The earliest writings referring to the site known today as Château du Moulin-à-Vent date back to 1732, when it was known as Château des Thorins. The property was purchased in 2009 by Jean -Jacques Parinet who invested heavily to revive the estate, with the aim of making the best Moulin-à-Vent. Jean-Jacques began by replanting 70,000 vines, moving to sustainable viticulture and investing in new French oak barrels.
The La Rochelle vineyard is 4.2 hectares and is situated at the top of a hillside. The soils are more shallow than those of the Champ de Cours vineyard with a mixture of granite, sand and clay and elements of manganese and iron oxides. The vineyard is situated at 280 metres above sea level and benefits from cooling winds. Coupled with south-west exposure, this means that the resulting berries are small with beautiful concentration and finesse.
This growing season saw above average rainfall in spring resulting in high vine vigour and good water reserves in the soil. Flowering occurred later than normal and hail affected some of the vines. August was dry and hot but some timely rainfall in September helped to increase the yield. The grapes were then harvested later than normal between 20th and 26th September.
Approximately 75% of the grapes were destemmed and the rest were left as whole clusters. Fermentation lasted 20 days. 30% of the wine was then aged for 18 months in used French oak barrels with the remainder aged in stainless-steel tanks. The wine was then blended before spending a further 6 months ageing in stainless- steel tanks.
A complex bouquet of raspberries, flowers and spice alongside hints of smoke and liqourice. The palate opens with concentrated notes of bright cherry, raspberry and violets with mineral undertones. Elegant with fine-grained tannins, fresh acidity and an impressive long finish.