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Chateau Le Moulin History, Overview
Chateau Le Moulin takes its name from an ancient flour mill that remains on the property. The mill is located near the vines and it’s called Moulin de Lavaud. The small Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Le Moulin is 3 hectares. While the estate was created in the 1800’s, it did not begin to earn its reputation until the very end of the 20th century with vintages like 1998 and 2000. Prior years are not nearly as interesting.
In 1969, what we know of as Chateau Le Moulin was sold to Michel Querre and Genevieve Querre. At the time of the purchase, the estate was known as Vieux Chateau Cloquet. The Querre family renamed the property Chateau Le Moulin and began to renovate the estate. It took the new owners several years before they produced their first commercial from the 1997 harvest. They recently replanted the vineyards and restored the Right Bank chateau as well as the wine making facilities for this Pomerol chateau. Today, Chateau Le Moulin is consulted by Dr. Alain Raynaud.
While Chateau Le Moulin is their most prestigious estate, the Querre family also own numerous other chateaux in the Right Bank including; Chateau Patris in St. Emilion, Chateau d’Aiguilhe-Querre in Cotes du Castillon and their first purchase in Bordeaux, Chateau Brun Despagnen Bordeaux Superieur, which they purchased in 1986.
Chateau Le Moulin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 2.5 hectare Pomerol, vineyards of Chateau Le Moulin has a terroir of clay and gravel soils. The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines average 30 years of age. The vines are planted to a density of 5,500 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Le Moulin, the wine undergoes vinification in five small, open top, 25 hectoliter wood vats. The five vats allow for a parcel by parcel vinification of Chateau Le Moulin. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 85% new, French oak barrels. Pigeage is performed twice a day. The wines are aged in 85% new, French oak barrels for between 15 to 20 months, depending on the style of the vintage. There is a second wine, Le Petit Moulin. Le Petit Moulin is not produced in every vintage. Close to 700 cases of Chateau Le Moulin are produced every year.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Le Moulin with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Le Moulin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Le Moulin is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Le Moulin is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Le Moulin Wine Tasting Notes
8 Vintages 15480 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
Medium bodied, light in fruit, forward with a simple, red fruit character for early drinking.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 777 Views
2015 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
Oaky in the nose, this wine is round and polished and the fruit is ripe, but there is an overriding sensation of oak at this point that hopefully will better integrate with time. 87 - 89 Pts
Apr 27, 2016points - Tasted 881 Views
2014 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
The nose, with its oak, earth, spice and crimson berries, is the best juncture of this wine, as the close is wrought with oak, overpowering what could be a lovely and fleshy plum finish. 86-88 Pts
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1008 Views
2013 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
With oak, licorice, cocoa and cherry on the nose, the wine has medium body and round textures, finishing with a cherry liqueur note. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2014points - Tasted 829 Views
2012 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
Polished, plush and round, the wine serves up an oaky, sweet cherry and plum character that is already open.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 1942 Views
With a floral, black raspberry, jammy, cocoa and coffee-scented nose, the wine is rich, fleshy, ripe and sweet. 89- 91 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2171 Views
2011 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
Deep in color with coffee, vanilla and black plum, supple textures and a plush black plum and coffee bean finish are found in this wine. 89-91 Pts
Apr 21, 2012points - Tasted 1679 Views
2010 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
Le Moulin opens with coffee, blackberry and plum scents. In the mouth, this mediuml bodied wine finishes with coffee and dark berries. 89-91 Pts
Mar 14, 2011points - Tasted 3476 Views
2009 Château Le Moulin ( Pomerol)
This ripe, modern styled Pomerol is filled with fresh plums, black cherry, vanilla, licorice and opulent, flashy textures. Drink it young, or let it age for a decade.
May 18, 2012points - Tasted 2717 Views