Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Burgundy, France

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2010

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • This flagship wine is produced from selections of the harvest from five of the finest vineyards of the estate:
      Le Moulin-à-Vent: the most emblematic terroir located around the historical windmill; relatively flat with an eastern exposure
      La Rochelle: a circular-shaped, sloping terroir with a southern exposure, in the corridor of blowing winds; very old vines, 70+ years old
      La Roche: eastern exposure, veins of red iron oxides coming through; old vines, 60+ years old
      Les Thorins: southern exposure
      Les Caves: shallow soils with an eastern exposure; very old vines, 70+ years old

    • Appellation: Moulin-à-Vent’s weathered granite soils are thin, with sandy pockets, enriched by high mineral nutrients and a granite bedrock with seams of manganese, copper, iron and other metallic oxides. The eastern and southern exposure of the vineyards maximizes ripening, while the region’s frequently blowing winds increase the concentration of the grapes.
    • Cultivation: "Lutte raisonnée," or “reasoned protection.": natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare (4,047 vines/hectare)
  • Vintage Report

    • 2010 was a very fine vintage for the château; it is the second vintage of the Parinet family. The summer was cooler than 2009, resulting in more subtle wines of greater finesse. The wines show more freshness, elegance and acidity. Manual harvest. Grapes were collected in small 30-liter (8-gallon) containers. Sorting table was positioned before the destemmer.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 20-29
    • Yields: 26 hl/ha (2.67 tons/acre). 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: 11 months in 40% aged barrels (20% new): medium toast; French oak 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
  • Technical Information

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

    • A handsome, deep-red color with purple tints and lovely aromas, with perfectly mature red and black fruit, hints of spice and floral notes of rose, peony and violet. Good body with fine tannins and good length. Rich, corpulent and complex, finishing on a spicy note.
      Cellaring Potential: 7+ years, with gradual development over the years.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve with rib of beef, white rind cheese, red fruit tarts.

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Reviews

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2010 – Vinous – 93 Points

    The 2010 Moulin-à-Vent is fabulous. Vibrant, fresh and beautifully translucent, the 2010 is magical. Red berry fruit, mint, orange peel and spice all emerge from the glass, with lively acids and persistent beams of supporting tannin that give the wine its shape and overall sense of energy. Yields were 22 hectoliters per hectare, which is lower than average. The 2010 has a very bright future. This is a terrific showing.

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2010 – 92 points, Year’s Best Red Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    “… this one stood out for its enticing, savory profile, an appetite inducing combination of saturated cool fruit and meaty flavors of game. Scents of violets and stones add to the complexity, especially in the company of rognons.”

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2010 – 91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Deep ruby. Smoky, spice-accented dark berry and cherry scents are brightened by subtle floral and mineral qualities. Shows very good precision on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of cola."

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2010 – 93 points – winereviewonline.com

    "...the 2010 has an uplifting sour cherry-like finish that begs for another sip. Still with the granitic edge and firm -- not hard -- tannins expected from top-notch Moulin-à-Vent."

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