Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Burgundy, France

Clos de Londres, Moulin-à-Vent – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • In 1862, at the age of 99, Madame Philiberte Pommier showed the wines of Château du Moulin-à-Vent at the Universal Exhibition of London. The cuvées she showcased were 1853, 1854, 1856. On this occasion she won the gold medal for “Vins du Mâconnais.” As a commemorative to this dynamic pioneer and her enthusiasm for well-aged wines, the Parinet family decided to produce this cuvée (“Clos of London”) only during the top vintages — 2009, 2011 . . .

  • Vineyard Profile

    • This wine is produced from a very specific clos of .56 hectares (1.38 acres) facing the château. The microclimate was identified 250 years ago by Madame Philiberte Pommier as exceptional, producing long-lived wines with distinctive characteristics. The weathered granite soils are sandy and thin, enriched by mineral nutrients within a granite bedrock with seams of manganese, copper, iron and other metallic oxides. The region’s frequently blowing winds have a positive effect on the maturity and concentration of the grapes.

    • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”): natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management
    • Vine Age: 40-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • Exceptional. Balanced, complex and MàV representative wines. Thanks to a clement meteorology we have only been using 5 biological treatments in the vines this year.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 29-September 6
    • Yields: 25 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: 18 months in barrels, 50% new wood, 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.
  • 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.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.5%

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  • Clos de Londres, Moulin-à-Vent – 2011 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    "...The 2011 is mature and ready to drink, presenting notes of dried fruit, from cherries to cranberries, layered over oak-derived scents of cedar. It bristles with quiet energy, a savory, umami-driven wine to pour with braised beef.”

  • Clos de Londres, Moulin-à-Vent – 2011

    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.

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