Chateau du Moulin a Vent - La Rochelle - 2015 - 750 ml
A specific type of granite soil (“gorrhe”) overlays the deeper soils that are rich in manganese and metalic oxides. The powerful winds blowing through this appellation have a decisive impact on the sanitary state of the vineyards and the maturation and concentration of the grapes.
La Rochelle is a circular vineyard located on the southern slope of the Vérillats hill, directly in the wind corridor. It is south exposed and the slope is of 8%. The soil combines granitic sands in surface and clay in the underlayer.
2015 is the vintage of the century. Berries were of perfect ripeness, from skin to seeds. The wines are rich, concentrated, powerful. Capable of remarkable ageing.
Harvest Date(s): Manual harvest from August 27 –September 2, in small 30-liter containers; one sorting table positioned before the destemmer
Yields: 20 hectoliters per hectare (Normal yields in the region are 45 - 50 hl/ha, while the maximum authorized is 52 hl/ha.)
“Bright violet. Heady cherry, blue fruit and vanilla aromas show very good energy and a spicy accent that gains strength with air. Juicy and concentrated on the palate, offering powerful boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors and a sweetening touch of candied flowers. Closes supple, spicy and very long; youthful tannins frame the energetic dark fruit.” 92pts —Josh Raynolds , Vinous, Dec 2017
Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir