Moulin-à-Vent - La Rochelle 2013 - Wine

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Moulin à Vent " La Rochelle "

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

La Rochelle is located at the heart of the appellation, between La Roche, the Clos du Grand Carquelin, and the Clos de Rochegrès. Its vines are planted in shallow soils composed of metamorphic granitic sands, crisscrossed by ver y ancient seams of g ranite.

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 cellars over the course of 10 months, spent in second and third use oak barrels. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

La Rochelle produces ample, fleshy, generous wines of great elegance.

Conservation

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

The Vintage

Winter 2013 was cold, particularly towards the end of February. The entire season was marked by a deficit of sunlight, and temperatures only began to rise in mid-April, leading to a homogenous budbreak around the 20th of the month. This budbreak is, therefore, somewhat later than usual. The end of April saw a return of cold, rainy weather. These cold, rainy conditions persisted throughout May. Temperatures were, on average, 7°C lower than average, while rainfall was double the average. Such unfavourable conditions tested the vines to the extreme. Growers had to work hard each day to ensure that they were protected against fungal disease and weather damage. A small temperature spike in June allowed flowering to take place around the 20th of the month, then cool conditions returned. This was a very challenging flowering; poor fruit set and shot berries presaged low yields at harvest. July saw a return to more normal weather conditions, and even some lovely sunny periods. However, heavy thunderstorms on the 28th put an end to any feelings of optimism growers may have had. A veritable tornado tore through the Clos de Loyse, damaging most of the vines. Higher than average levels of sunshine in August helped the ripening process along, ensuring a healthy - albeit small - harvest. Picking began later than any year since 1984. At the Château des Jacques, the first cut of the secateurs took place on Monday 23 September.


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