Chateau Moulin de Tricot 2012 Margaux AOC
Item Number: 9771
Sub Region: Left Bank
Appellation/AVA: Margaux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 75% Cabernet Sauvignon / 25% Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand and gravel sitting on a subsoil of clay and marl
Chateau Moulin de Tricot, a small jewel of an estate, produces a mere 15,000 bottles of Margaux per year. Heavily dependent on Cabernet Sauvignon (at least three-fourths of the cuvée), this wine has a distinguished structure and complex flavors that beg for additional aging in the bottle.
Winemaking Notes: All grapes are hand harvested at Château Moulin de Tricot. 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 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 small barrels for aging, none of which are new (a portion of the wine is aged in 1-year-old oak with the remainder of the barrels being older). The wine matures for 18 months. An egg-white fining 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.