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Chateau Moulin de Tricot

Bordeaux Blend,
 2016

$65.00 $53.99/bottle

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Description

Heavily dependent on Cabernet Sauvignon (three-fourths of the cuvée), this wine has a distinguished structure and complex flavors that beg for additional aging in the bottle

Variety: Bordeaux
Region: Margaux AOC, France
Winemaker: Chateau Moulin de Tricot
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Moulin de Tricot makes us recall the grand Margaux wines of yesteryear.  Arsac’s sand-laden gravel soils bring soaring aromatics of violets, tobacco, graphite, and cedar tied to the restrained flavors of black currant and plum.  While the wine displays Margaux’s renowned elegance, its reliance on Cabernet means that its tannic power will give it decades longevity

John's Notes

With an estate of roughly 5 hectares (~13 acres), fourth generation winemakers Bruno and Pascaline Rey’s Chateau Moulin de Tricot is considered a very small vigneron by Bordeaux standards. Its size coupled with its reputation for great wine make this “Grand Vin” very tough to get.  In fact, the estate produces only 15,000 bottles per year, of which only about 3600 make it to the US.  A must add to your collection.  Enjoy now or cellar through 2031

Did you know … “Grand Vin” is an unregulated term, but typically indicates that it is the producer’s best wine

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Chateau Moulin de Tricot

  • Chateau Moulin de Tricot is a tiny property established in the 19th Century by the ancestors of the current proprietors, Bruno and Pascaline Rey
  • The Rey family owns just shy of five (5) hectares of vineyards on a gravelly “croupe” (outcropping) in the commune of Arsac. Of the five hectares, 3.7 hectares are within the Margaux appellation and 1.2 hectares are classified as Haut-Médoc

Variety: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

Region: Margaux AOC, Bordeaux, France

Climate:

  • Bordeaux’s moderate maritime climate benefits from warming Atlantic currents which extend the growing season, but also bring rainfall and humidity
  • Generally, maritime climates have a low annual difference between the hottest and coldest months of the year with moderate temperatures
  • Moderate temperatures generally translate to an average growing season temperature of 16.5° – 18.5°C (62° – 65°F)

Viticulture:

  • The soils at Moulin de Tricot are a mix of sand and gravel sitting on a subsoil of clay and marl. The sandy gravel provides excellent drainage while the clay in the subsoil provides moisture to the vines deep roots
  • Vineyards are cultivated without the use of chemical herbicides and are tightly spaced (lower yield per vine)
  • The vines are trained in Guyot and planted at 9,500 vines/ha with an average yield of 55hL/ha
  • All grapes are hand harvested at Moulin de Tricot. A strict triage is done in the vineyard so that only healthy, ripe grapes are selected and sent to the chai (cellar) for vinification

Winemaking:

  • The grapes are destemmed before being crushed and racked into the tanks for fermentation
  • Bruno Rey has chosen to use stainless steel tanks for fermentation as they allow him to control the temperature more precisely
  • After fermentation, the wine is pressed (pneumatic) and then returned to the stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation (MLF)
  • The wine spends 18 months in neutral 225L barrels, and is racked off its lees every 6 months
  • Press wine is blended with free run wine at assemblage prior to bottling
  • An egg-white fining is the only other treatment the wine receives prior to being blended for final bottling

Alcohol: 13.0%

Pairs Well With:  Hearty stews, beef tagliatelle, aged cheeses

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