Beaujolais - Moulin-à-Vent 2004 - 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 prolonged winter, spring was cool and rainy. The cold weather threatened the annual vineyard cycle right up until the start of May. From that point onwards until the start of July, conditions for healthy vine growth were propitious: heat spikes helped to bring on vegetative growth, resulting in a slightly early flowering than usual and leading growers to expect generous yields. The weather during August - moderate sunshine, high degrees of diurnal temperature fluctuations and regular rainfall - led to poor fruit set, thereby curbing yields naturally. Sadly, these conditions also disturbed the ripening process. The harvest started on 18 September. The upshot is that 2004 is a classic vintage in terms of its early ripening, although yields were still relatively high. Quality was determined by the amount of work done to curb the vines' vigour and yield in order to avoid harvesting under-ripe grapes that would create dilute wines. This is a vintage with plenty of fruit and freshness, but perhaps not one for the long haul.


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