Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014
This wine is sourced from the terroirs of La Delatte, Les Rouchaux and Les Maisonneuvesin, which are the lower areas of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. Because these terroirs are less exposed to the powerful winds that blow throughout the region, the grapes’ maturation is not slowed down and the fruit is much better preserved. Down in the valley between the mountains and the Saône River, the soils are well hydrated, therefore the vines are not stressed. Maturation of the fruit continues without interruption through the summer, and thus the fruit is much better preserved at harvest.
- Cultivation: "Lutte raisonnée," or “reasoned protection": natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management
- Vine Age: 40 years
- Soil: Granitic soil ("gorrhe") on top of deeper soil rich in manganese and metallic oxides
- Density: 10,000 vines/hectare (4,047 vines/hectare)
A very good vintage. Between maturity and acidity, the wines are very well balanced and representative of Moulin-à-Vent.
- Harvest Date(s): September 11-20
- Yields: 27 hl/ha (2 tons/acre)
Pre-fermentation: Cold for 3 weeks
Maceration: No carbonic maceration
Techniques of Extraction: Remontage during cold pre-fermentation and at the end of fermentation to give more roundness and finesse. Pigeage at the beginning of fermentation.
Barrel Aging: 60% of the wine was aged for 14 months in used, medium-heated, French oak from the Allier and Vosges forests (50% 228 liters/60 gallons; 50% 350 liters/92 gallons)
Bottled: December 11, 2015
- Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay
- Alcohol: 13%
Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014 – 90 points – Vinous
“… Spice-accented red berry, cherry pit and floral aromas are complemented by hints of licorice and smoky minerals. Juicy and focused on the palate; a spine of acidity adds lift and structure to bitter cherry and red currant flavors…”
Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2014 – 17 points – JancisRobinson.com
Slight sweetness of oak on the nose but the red-fruit sweetness is more of a clarion call here. Firm, fresh and beautifully balanced between fruit and structure. Spicy, tangy finish with the oak perfectly judged.