CHÂTEAU MOULIN SAINT GEORGES
2008 Grand Cru Saint Emilion
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Extraordinary line-up at Ausone means that this is tasted straight after Haut Simard, a pure Merlot very sweet and flashy wine, so unsurprisingly it seems a little brutal with its firm structure. Very purple colour, it has high acidity and this gives a hardness to the fruit, reminiscent of sucking a blackberry that is not quite ripe. However going back to it after tasting Chapelle and Ausone, it is transformed. Deep, the cassis fruit seeming similar to that of Ausone, vibrant, chewy, rich and pure. In principal I love the style and would expect this to turn out well and offer great value. Rating: 91+? L&S (Apr 2009)
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The nose is quite tight the black fruits hidden behind a tannic wall. The mix of blueberry and sloe is there at the start but the tannins hold back the full potential. Denser sweeter flavours are beginning to emerge right at the back. 2013-20 Rating: 86-88 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Another top-notch effort from proprietor Alain Vauthier, the 2008 Moulin St.-Georges is made in a pure, fresh style, but appears to just be coming off malolactic fermentation. Its deep purple color is accompanied by sweet notes of incense, crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, and raspberries. This medium-bodied, lively, vibrant St.-Emilion should drink well for 10-12 years Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2009)
From Alain Vauthier’s estate, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this is showing very good fruit intensity on the nose, the oak very unresolved at the moment, nice purity though with blackberries, a touch of iodine and blueberry compote. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, supple and quite fleshy, lovely focus on the caressing finish. Nice tension with wild strawberry and raspberry liqueur. Excellent. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2009)
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. From the Alain Vauthier collection. Dark purple. Picked very late according to the nose. A bit brutal. Lots of acidity. Needs lots and lots of time. Lots of guts but no charm for the moment. 2018-28 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2009)
Shows mineral and blackberry aromas, with loads of flowers. Full and almost jammy, with blackberry and mineral character and pretty, silky tannins. Rating: 88-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2009)
Château Moulin Saint Georges
Owned by Alain Vauthier, Château Moulin Saint Georges is situated in Saint-Emilion and covers 7 hectares. The vineyards are well sited on the south-west facing 'Pavie' slope. The average age of the vines on this slope is 26 years old, and they are planted at a density of 6500 vines/hectare. Vauthier believes that the quality of his wine is a direct result of how well the vines are tended to, therefore yields are kept extremely low in order to concentrate the flavour, and all grapes are hand-harvested to ensure only the best grapes are used in production.
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