Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Burgundy, France

Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Champ de Cour is located on a plateau between the hills of the windmill and of Fleurie, with an eastern exposure. The granite surface rocks force the roots to dig down deeply to seek their nutrients. Its clay-rich soil contains five minerals, giving the wine its unique character. The vines are protected against inclement weather and, vintage after vintage, produce grapes of concentration and depth that give the wine its instantly recognizable intensity.

    • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”): natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management; thanks to the exceptionally clement weather, only five biological treatments of the vines were used this year.
    • Size: 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres)
    • Vine Age: 35-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • Very good vintage. Between maturity and acidity, the wines are very well balanced and representative of Moulin-à-Vent.

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from September 11-20 (i.e. 10 days), in small 30-liter containers; two sorting table positioned before the destemmer
    • Yields: 27 hectoliters per hectare (Normal yields in the region are 45 - 50 hl/ha, while the maximum authorized is 52 hl/ha.)
  • Vinification

    • 100% destemmed; pumping-over during cold pre-fermentation soak and at the end of fermentation to increase roundness and finesse. Punching the cap at the beginning of fermentation; 21 days extraction to bring out the full potential of the terroirs

    • Aging: 14 months, 100% in French oak barrel, 10% new wood, medium toast; oak chosen from the Allier and Vosges forests; excellent sourcing of oak from the top coopers Taransaud and François Frères to bring out the wine’s signature aromas and tannins; the origin, grain and toast intensity are chosen according to the characteristics of the vintage.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The deep red color of the wine offers the first hint of its massive concentration. The nose is an explosion of red fruit, with roasted and spicy (pepper and saffron) notes. A full-bodied wine of considerable elegance, lively tannins and superb length, with a mineral finish.

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  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014 – 93 points – Wine & Spirits

    “...spicy and cool, this raspberry-scented wine is packed with energy. The fruit feels succulent and juicy, even as the tannins last with powerful braised-meat flavors and bright purple radish–like bitterness. This is fresh, vibrant and delicious"

  • Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014 -94 points – Wine & Spirits

    "...The property produced impressive 2014s, including this cool, racy, umami-driven red. This comes from an 8.4-acre parcel on a granite plateau; it was destemmed, cold-soaked with pre-fermentation pumpovers, and aged 17 months in French oak..."

  • Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    “Fresh and ripe black cherry and raspberry notes fill the core of this medium-bodied red, with supple tannins and integrated acidity accentuating the spice and mineral accents on the creamy finish.”

  • Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014

    The deep red color of the wine offers the first hint of its massive concentration. The nose is an explosion of red fruit, with roasted and spicy (pepper and saffron) notes. A full-bodied wine of considerable elegance, lively tannins and superb length, with a mineral finish.

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