Beaujolais - Moulin-à-Vent 2012 - 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 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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