Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016
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
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.)
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
- Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
- Alcohol: 13%
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.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins – 2016 – James Suckling – 90 Points
Bright and attractive strawberries on the nose. Has a very smooth, red cherry and raspberry core, as well as cassis and licorice. Very soft and approachable. Drink now.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins – 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 90 Points
Notes of pomegranate, raspberry and plum introduce the 2016 Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins, a medium-bodied, open-knit and mouthwateringly saline wine with tangy acids, fine tannins and an open-knit, rounded profile. Matured almost entirely in tank and consequently unmarked by the oak influence that inflects the domaine's grander bottlings, its purity and transparency a