Moulin--Vent - La Roche 2007 - Wine


La Roche
La Roche

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Moulin Vent "La Roche"

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

The vineyard is situated along the crest of Moulin Vent, and its soil contains a high proportion of quartz.

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

La Roche is a wine of great tension, with lots of minerality and precision. It is very linear in style, a characteristic that makes it a particularly apt match for complex and refined dishes.

Conservation

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

The Vintage

After a very hot, sunny April, which brought the leaves out three weeks earlier than average, May through to the third week in August proved relatively tricky due to cold weather and plenty of showers. July, in particular, had some of the highest rainfall seen in this month over the course of the past 30 years. Fortunately, during the last fortnight of August and the month of September, the vineyards benefitted from cool nights alternating with sunny days and moderate temperatures. These conditions, and the complete lack of rainfall during the course of those six weeks, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, developing the polyphenols and anthocyanins that give the wines its typical colour, aromas and structure. Harvest began on 28 August. Although 2007 cannot be described as being an exceptional vintage, it has produced some lovely wines with great poise and ripeness.


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