Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Burgundy, France

Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Specific granitic soils (gorrhe), laying over deeper soils rich in manganese and metalic oxides. The powerful winds blowing on the appellation have a decisive impact on the maturation and concentration of the fruit.
    • 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

    • 2018 was a very good vintage – optimal ripeness balanced and powerful wines.

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from August 31 to September 10, in small 30-liter containers; one sorting table was positioned before the destemmer.
    • Yields: 34 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: 100% stainless steel for 16 months
  • 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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  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2018 – Wine & Spirits – 92 Points

    A selection from 40-year-old vines growing in granite soils with manganese, this wine fermented with some whole clusters (20 perfect) and then aged for 16 months in stainless steel. That élevage preserved the generous depths of fruit in the wine, floral up front, edged with bright tannins and green peppercorn spice in the end. A bold and zesty 2018, this will benefit from a year in the bottle age.

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