Moulin-à-Vent - Clos de Rochegrès 2012 - 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 mild January 2012 a cold snap arrived dominating the first two weeks of February. The first sign to indicate that the future crop this year would be small. March was somewhat warmer favouring an early bud burst of the vines. Then again April, rather cool and humid with hardly no sun, calmed down the general growth of the vine and confirmed the path of a hectic and unpredictable year in terms of climatic conditions. Some rain followed, including hail in particular spots. Overall temperatures were lower than average compared to previous years and this continued into the summer . Fortunately with the arrival of August and the first two weeks of September the weather warmed up with almost no rain. This encouraged a slow maturation of the grapes and a very healthy situation. Harvest started on September 17. In a nutshell, 2012 is somewhat a "late" vintage and much smaller than usual. Grapes were nicely ripe and the juice wellbalanced despite hectic weather conditions: a very demanding vintage for the growers.


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