Moulin-à-Vent - Clos de Rochegrès 2004 - Wine


Clos de Rochegrès
Clos de Rochegrès

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Moulin à Vent "Grand Clos de Rochegrès"

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

This place is located on top of a hill, next to Fleurie and its official name is in fact « Au Mont ». The soil of Rochegrès is mainly made of pink granite. It is not very deep and contains slightly more clay than the soils of Carquelin and La Roche. Above all, this terroir is crossed by many quartz veins.

Vinification

Picked and sorted by hand, then de-stemmed, the grapes macerate slowly over the course of three or four weeks. Indigenous yeasts are used throughout the fermentation period, and extraction by means of both plunging and pumping over takes place on a regular basis.

Maturing and bottling

The wines are aged in our historic cellar for 10 months, a period spent in oak barrels, 100% of which are new. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Opulent and generous, this vineyard selection is one of the best wines of the appellation. Its great complexity makes it the perfect match for a wide range of meats, cheeses and vegetarian dishes.

Conservation

The wine needs two or three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades.

The Vintage

After a prolonged winter, spring was cool and rainy. The cold weather threatened the annual vineyard cycle right up until the start of May. From that point onwards until the start of July, conditions for healthy vine growth were propitious: heat spikes helped to bring on vegetative growth, resulting in a slightly early flowering than usual and leading growers to expect generous yields. The weather during August - moderate sunshine, high degrees of diurnal temperature fluctuations and regular rainfall - led to poor fruit set, thereby curbing yields naturally. Sadly, these conditions also disturbed the ripening process. The harvest started on 18 September. The upshot is that 2004 is a classic vintage in terms of its early ripening, although yields were still relatively high. Quality was determined by the amount of work done to curb the vines' vigour and yield in order to avoid harvesting under-ripe grapes that would create dilute wines. This is a vintage with plenty of fruit and freshness, but perhaps not one for the long haul.


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