To produce the “Champ de Cour” Moulin-à-Vent Château du Moulin-à-Vent, approximately 30% of the grapes were destemmed with the remaining left as whole clusters. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for three weeks. Once complete, 20% of the wine was transferred to French oak barrels for 12 months, with the remainder aged in stainless steel tanks.
Situated in the heart of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, the ‘Champ de Cour’ vineyard is 3.2 hectares and grows at the foot of a granitic hillside, which is situated 220 metres above sea level. The vineyard is east facing and the soils here are deep with more clay content, due to the erosion of granite over time. The vines have an average age of 35 years and are trellis trained.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent in 1732 was known as Château des Thorins. The property was purchased in 2009 by Jean-Jacques Parinet who invested heavily to revive the estate, with the aim of making the best Moulin-à-Vent. Jean-Jacques began by replanting 70,000 vines, moving to sustainable viticulture and investing in new French oak barrels. Château du Moulin-à-Vent has 37 hectares which include the top single vineyards ‘Champ du Cour’ and ‘La Rochelle‘. The vines are densely planted at 9,000 vines per hectare and yields are low, between 20 –35 hectolitres per hectare, versus the official minimum requirements of 6,000 vines per hectare and yields of 56 hectolitres per hectare for wines of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation.