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Located in the southernmost tip of the Burgundy region, Moulin-à-Vent was one of the first appellations awarded AOC status in 1936. Château du Moulin-à-Vent, named for the 300-year-old stone windmill atop the hill of Les Thorins, dates back to 1732, when it was called Château des Thorins. Today, the estate encompasses 37 hectares (91.4 acres) of the appellation’s finest climats — Les Vérillats, Le Champ de Cour, La Rochelle — planted to Gamay Noir averaging 40 years in age. The underlying granite soil is rich in iron oxide, copper and manganese, which may account for the wines’ aging potential. Since 2009, under the new ownership of the Parinet family, investment in the winemaking facilities and the vineyards has resulted in plot-specific signature wines expressing the individual characteristics of each exceptional terroir.
Vineyards: Specific granitic soils (gorrhe), laying over deeper soils rich in manganese and metalic oxides. The powerful winds blowing on the appellation have a decisive impact on the maturation and concentration of the fruit.
Viticulture: / Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”): natural soil amendments, manual weed control and integrated pest management
Vine Age: 40 year old vines
Vinification: 20% full cluster; pumping-over during cold prefermentation soak and at the end of fermentation to increase roundness and finesse. Punching the cap at the beginning of fermentation; 21 days extraction to bring out the full potential of the terroirs.
Aging: 100% stainless steel for 16 months
Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
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