Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle", Olivier Merlin 2018"
La Rochelle is one of the outstanding terroirs of Moulin à Vent. Olivier Merlin’s holding was mostly planted in 1937, with a small section dating back to 1955. This is full, glorious and complex - a magical and exciting wine.
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Single vineyard site on the commune of Chénas
Beautiful deep bluish colour. The nose evokes spices (pepper), chocolate and ripe cherry. On the palate, the wine is very dense and racy. The tannins are well present and velvety. The final is very long. Great wine for laying down. This cuvée represents the flagship of our red wines. Its limited production made us decide to number each bottle.
Soil: Sandy granitic soil, very poor, with presence of manganese.
Altitude: 280 m
Grape Variety: Gamay
Plantation density: 13000 plants / ha
Age of the vines: 85% of the plot was planted in 1937 and the rest in 1962
Average yield: 40 hl/ha
Harvest by hand. Full horse ploughing.
Sorting of the harvest on a sorting table. Semi-carbonic maceration in closed conical trunk wood vats. Two pumping-overs a day. Vatting time of about 12 days, then pressing. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. After 18 months maturing in barrels, racking, then light filtration on Kieselguhr earth before bottling. No gluing.
- Main grape variety
- pasta - veal - pork - poultry
- Pepper - Chocolate - and ripe Cherries
- Olivier Merlin