Beaujolais - Moulin-à-Vent 2011 - 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

Early budbreak and vigorous vegetative growth brought on by warm, sunny weather. A rainy, cold July slowed growth and replenished reserves of water. A few rain showers around the 20th of August were followed by a September marked by sunny days and cool nights, which created the ideal conditions for the bunches to ripen fully, concentrating both acidity and flavours. Picking began on the 27th of August with the earliest-ripening parcels, and the grapes were both balanced and high in anthocyanins. The subsequent har vest took place under sunny skies and at moderate temperatures. The bunches were extremely healthy, and vinification progressed smoothly. The wines are rich and generous, without any harsh angles, and already show great depth. Rich fr uit is balanced by silky, fine-gained tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in a vibrant, dynamic wine. 2011 is a vintage that will age beautifully, although its generosity and charm will permit these wines to be enjoyed in their youth.


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