Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent
International Wine Review
Made from the extremely low yielding (1 ton/acre) 2017 vintage, the Couvent des Thorins offers a dark fruited nose of dark berry and cherry with an light earthy note. The aromas carry over to the nicely integrated, medium plus weight palate. Savory tones lend complexity, and the finish is fresh with fine grained tannins. Made from hand harvested fruit from estate vineyards, about 20 percent whole bunches from older (40+ years) vines. Aged 16 months in stainless steel.
Wine & Spirits
This is a blend of fruit from three parcels exposed to the wind; their thick-skinned grapes produced a generously rich wine in 2017. Although only 20 percent aged in barrel, the oak is apparent, melding with the silky tannins, blunting the finish for now. It would open up in the company of a steak.
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.