Moulin-à-Vent - Clos de Rochegrès 2005 - Wine


Clos de Rochegrès
Clos de Rochegrès

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Moulin à Vent "Grand Clos de Rochegrès"

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

This place is located on top of a hill, next to Fleurie and its official name is in fact « Au Mont ». The soil of Rochegrès is mainly made of pink granite. It is not very deep and contains slightly more clay than the soils of Carquelin and La Roche. Above all, this terroir is crossed by many quartz veins.

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, 100% of which are new. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Opulent and generous, this vineyard selection is one of the best wines of the appellation. Its great complexity makes it the perfect match for a wide range of meats, cheeses and vegetarian dishes.

Conservation

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

The Vintage

Winter was cold and dry, with frequent frosts. Early spring was not promising, with heavier rainfalls than the average over the course of the past 30 years. Nevertheless, the temperatures were gentle enough to promote budbreak. Temperatures climbed dramatically towards the end of Mai, and June was sunny and hot, with temperatures averaging 3ºC above the norm. July continued in the same vein, with veraison kicking off towards the end of the month. The same month saw a virtual drought, with rainfall of 20% compared to the average. However, the summer temperatures of 2005 were more moderate than those of 2003. By September, temperatures were 2.5ºC above average, but the night temperatures remained cool. This heat, in combination with the lack of rainfall, favoured the ripening of perfectly healthy grapes, and this has resulted in an exceptional vintage, judged by many to be the best for many decades. Harvest began on 13 September.


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