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Moulin-à-Vent, La Rochelle, Ch. du Moulin-à-Vent - 2018

Entered in 2012 in the portfolio of the Château with the purchase of the Domaine de la Tour du Bief, this true Grand Cru, facing south, just under the mythical Clos de Rochegrès, already gives a great Moulin-à-Vent archetypical of its terroir with its floral, spicy accents, its opulence and its well-coated vinosity, which are prolonged. A superb long-distance runner, to be drunk without fail! Wine Enthusiast : 94/100 "Best rating of all Beaujolais crus, all vintages combined, out of 2911 wines tasted."
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Viticulture

Coming exclusively from the 'La Rochelle' climat, 4,218 ha, below the neighbouring 'Vérillats' terroir, on the heights of the appellation at 280m, 'La Rochelle' is situated under the upper part of the southern slope of the Vérillats massif. The soils are made up of granitic sands, which are deeper than those of 'Les Vérillats'. Southern exposure, right in the windy corridor. Planting density: 10,000 vines/ha. Age of the vines: 70 years.

Oenology

Manual harvesting. 30 litre tanks. Sorting table before 100% de-stemming. Cold pre-fermentation. Maceration for 3 weeks. Pumping over during cold pre-fermentation and at the end of fermentation to bring finesse and roundness. Pigeage at the beginning of fermentation. Aged in barrels (20% new) for 16 months. French oak from the Vosges and Allier forests, medium toast. 30% in 228L and 70% in 350L.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Filet mignon of pork in a crust - Coq au vin - Salmis of guinea fowl.

Domain
At a time when the prices of the great media wines are soaring, it is more relevant than ever to take an interest in the great vineyards of yesterday, fallen into a form of oblivion but on the right path to becoming once again the great terroirs of always. The Beaujolais is one of them. And whoever has never looked at the wine lists of the beginning of the 20th century cannot measure that in the past, Moulin-à-Vent had a great reputation and prices similar to Chambertin, Pommard or Vosne. The history of the Château du Moulin-à-Vent is in this respect the reflection of the viticulture in Beaujolais for three centuries. Once a flagship property of the region, it has known everything: the glory of the 19th century, when the best Beaujolais wines, and more particularly Moulin-à-Vent, were enthroned on the great tables of Europe; the takeover at the beginning of the last century by a large French business family, which for a long time believed in and invested in the vine and wine. Then, from the 1980s onwards, the slow decline of regional viticulture. And, as has happened in many emerging wine regions, or those rising from the ashes, a new owner arrived who was not a member of the elite, but who was driven by passion. With the skills he acquired in his first professional life, Jean-Jacques Parinet is gradually putting the boat back afloat, through investment and commitment, and...
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