La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016
A specific type of granite soil (“gorrhe”) overlays the deeper soils that are rich in manganese and metalic oxides. The powerful winds blowing through this appellation have a decisive impact on the sanitary state of the vineyards and the maturation and concentration of the grapes.
La Rochelle is a circular vineyard located on the southern slope of the Vérillats hill, directly in the wind corridor. It is south exposed and the slope is of 8%. The soil combines granitic sands in surface and clay in the underlayer.
- Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”): natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management
- Size: 4.218 hectares (10.43 acres)
- Vine Age: 80+-year old vines
- Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
- Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from August 27 –September 2, in small 30-liter containers; one sorting table positioned before the destemmer
- Yields: 20 hectoliters per hectare (Normal yields in the region are 45 - 50 hl/ha, while the maximum authorized is 52 hl/ha.)
25% destemmed; 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: 12 months, 100% aged in oak, with 25% of new oak then 6 month in stainless steel tank before bottling; French oak from the Allier and Vosges forests; excellent sourcing of oak from the top coopers Taransaud and François Frères to bring out the wine’s signature aromas and tannins.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
- Alcohol: 13%
- Optimum Drinking: 6+ years, with gradual development over the years. Younger wines should be poured into a carafe one hour before serving.
Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent, La Rochelle – 2016 – JancisRobinson – 17+/20 Points
Greyish crimson. Peppery freshness and elegance. The oak much less marked than on the Champs de Cour. Peppery freshness. Really delicate and refined dark rocky fruit. Long, fresh, dry finish. Scented in a lovely dry, dark way.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle – 2016 – James Suckling – 90 Points
Still a bit closed on the nose, this rather firmly structured Moulin-à-Vent needs some time to open up and for the tannins to resolve. Powerful finish. Better from 2020.