Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à- Vent, `Champ de Cour`, 2018

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à- Vent, `Champ de Cour`, 2018

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The deep red color of the wine offers the first hint of its massive concentration. The nose is an explosion of red fruit, with roasted and spicy (pepper and saffron) notes. A full-bodied wine of considerable elegance, lively tannins and superb length, with a mineral finish.

A cold and rainy winter led to a warm and dry summer. The first quarter of 2018 was the most humid since 1964. As a consequence, mildew spread fast, but in May and June, sunny conditions dispersed the humidity. “La fleur a coulé” meaning that the clusters were long, loose and with millerandage: the fruit was small and concentrated. Juice is rich and powerful, very specific to the 2018 vintage. The heavy rains in the first quarter of the year enabled good development of the plant. More elegant than 2015, the 2018 will be a powerful one.

70% whole cluster; pumping-over during cold per-fermentation soak and at the end of fermentation to increase roundness and finesse. Punching the cap at the beginning of fermentation.

Aging: 12 months; 20% French oak barrels, 80% stainless steel, then six months in stainless steel tank before bottling, oak chosen from the Allier and Vosges forests.