Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Burgundy, France

Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • This wine is sourced from the terroirs of la Delatte, les Rouchaux, and les Maisonneuves, down in the valley between the mountains and the Saône River, where the soils are well hydrated, and the vines are not stressed. These terroirs are less exposed to the winds, below the historical Moulin-à-Vent, on its east slope, scarcely stopping maturation and, thus the fruit is much better preserved at harvest.

    • Vineyards: la Delatte, les Rouchaux and les Maisonneuvesin, in the lower section of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation
    • 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

    • 2016 was a good vintage. The wines are elegant and very balanced, representative of their terroirs.

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from September 20-26, in small 30-liter containers; one sorting table was positioned before the destemmer
    • Yields: 30 hectoliters per hectare (Normal yields in the region are 45 - 50 hl/ha, while the maximum authorized is 52 hl/ha.)
  • Vinification

    • 20% full cluster; pumping-over during cold prefermentation 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: 10 months in 90% stainless steel and 10% French oak from Allier and Vosges forests
  • Technical Information

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

    • Light, slightly earthy bouquet; medium-bodied with supple ripe tannins; rich palate of fresh dark fruits. An immediate pleasure, this wine is ready to drink now.

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Reviews

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins — 2016 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    This is a light-bodied but backed by focused acidity and streamlined flavors of pure cherry and raspberry that are tangy and spicy.

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins – 2016 – Vinous – 91 Points

    Opaque ruby. Powerful cherry and blackberry aromas pick up smoky mineral and floral qualities as the wine opens up. Weighty, in the manner of the vintage, but showing very good energy as well, offering gently sweet black currant, cherry and violet pastille flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Dusty tannins come in late on the finish, which hangs around with suave floral and spice notes. This wine is quite civilized both for the appellation and for the vintage.

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    This is light-bodied but backed by focused acidity and streamlined flavors of pure cherry and raspberry that are tangy and spicy, flanked by white pepper, tea and herb details. Drink now through 2024.

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Couvent des Thorins – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    Light-bodied but backed by focused acidity and streamlined flavors of pure cherry and raspberry, tangy and spicy, flanked by white pepper, tea and herb details. Drink now through 2024.

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