Château Moulin De Mallet

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Château Moulin De Mallet

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Family-owned since 1898, the vineyard was gradually expanded and became the principal activity of the Couderc family in 1985. High up on the plateau de Pujols, a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne Valley and facing the slopes of Saint Emilion, are the constructions of five successive generations. The entire estate has been modernised and the vineyard is run with passion and painstaking care by Mr Couderc senior, aided, since 1997, by his son Julien, a qualified viticulturist and oenologist. SURFACE 31 ha

GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc

TERROIR
The vineyard is south-facing and situated on rather rugged hillsides of mainly calcareous clay soils with rocky terraces. WINEMAKING/MATURING The château has set up a series of quality measures, two prime objectives of which are: to control and limit yields (pruning, green harvesting, grass cover) and to obtain optimum ripeness (maximum surface trellised, leaf thinning, harvest sorted on the vine). Harvesting is by machine, enabling the harvesting dates to be chosen judiciously as each plot attains ideal ripeness. The winery is equipped with stainless steel and cement vats. Maceration lasts around 3 weeks. Prefermentation maceration. Temperature control. Pneumatic press. Barrel-ageing cellar.

TASTING NOTES
Vat-fermented and vat-aged, this densely garnet coloured wine displays a whole array of fresh, red and black fruit aromas (blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry). The same generosity is found on the palate, with supple, chewy extract over smooth, elegant tannins. Crafted from fully ripened grapes, this Grand Vin de Bordeaux has drawn the full potential from this exceptional terroir overlooking the Dordogne opposite Saint-Emilion.

AGEING
Ready to drink from 2013, but can be laid down for several years.

BOTTLING
Bottled by Maison Sichel

FINAL BLEND 80% Merlot - 20% Cabernet
ALCOHOL VOLUME 13% vol

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