Chateau Moulin de Tricot 2015 Haut-Medoc AOC
Item Number: 11795
Sub Region: Left Bank
Appellation/AVA: Haut-Medoc AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravel
Case Production: 833
About the Winery: Château Moulin de Tricot is a tiny property established in the 19th Century by the ancestors of the current proprietor, Bruno Rey. Monsieur Rey and his wife, Pascale, tend the vineyards that are situated 30 km north of the city of Bordeaux, in the heart of the Margaux appellation. 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.
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. Local traditions are lovingly followed at Moulin de Tricot. Vineyards are cultivated without the use of chemical herbicides and are tightly spaced.
Winemaking Notes: All grapes are manually harvested at Château Moulin de Tricot from 20 year old vines. A strict triage is done in the vineyard so that only healthy, ripe grapes are selected and sent for vinification. The grapes are destemmed before being softly crushed and racked into the tanks for fermentation. Bruno Rey vinifies his wines with traditional methods using modern equipment. He has chosen to use stainless steel tanks for fermentation as they allow him to control the temperature more precisely, when necessary. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and then returned to the stainless steel tanks for the malolactic fermentation. Following the malolactic, the wine is then racked into French oak barrels for aging. The wine matures for 18 months. An egg-white fining, along with minimal SO2, is the only other treatment the wine receives prior to being blended for final bottling.
Terroir Notes: The soils at Château 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. Local traditions are lovingly followed at Moulin de Tricot. Vineyards are cultivated without the use of chemical herbicides and are tightly spaced. The close spacing results in higher density per hectare (9,500 plants/ha), but lower yield per vine, guaranteeing greater richness of polyphenols in the ripe grapes.
Tasting Notes: Leads with deep currant and black plum fruit, chiseled graphite and gravel minerality, cedar, fine cigar tobacco and the gentlest kiss of oak spice