Beaujolais - Moulin-à-Vent 2007 - Wine


Moulin-à-Vent
Moulin-à-Vent

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Moulin à Vent

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

This wine is a blend made from the great parcels owned within the appellation by the Château des Jacques, namely Carquelin, Rochegrès, Champ de Cour, Thorins and La Roche. The granite soils of each particular parcel lends individual nuances to the wine.

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, 40% of which are new and 60% of which are second use. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Rich and powerful, these wines display the essence of their appellation with elegant fruit, supple tannins and plenty of freshness. It's a versatile food wine, and works well with meat, both white and red, fish, cheese and vegetable dishes.

Conservation

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

The Vintage

After a very hot, sunny April, which brought the leaves out three weeks earlier than average, May through to the third week in August proved relatively tricky due to cold weather and plenty of showers. July, in particular, had some of the highest rainfall seen in this month over the course of the past 30 years. Fortunately, during the last fortnight of August and the month of September, the vineyards benefitted from cool nights alternating with sunny days and moderate temperatures. These conditions, and the complete lack of rainfall during the course of those six weeks, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, developing the polyphenols and anthocyanins that give the wines its typical colour, aromas and structure. Harvest began on 28 August. Although 2007 cannot be described as being an exceptional vintage, it has produced some lovely wines with great poise and ripeness.


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