CHÂTEAU MOULIN HAUT LAROQUE
|Grapes||Malbec, Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Fronsac & Canon Fronsac|
A wine for people who like their claret to be assertive. Lots of the ripeness of the year set in a classic Bordeaux frame which gives it grip and authority. Obviously this will soften over time, but if you want a wine to drink now with a flame-grilled Cote de Boeuf, this is your man. Full of character and concentrated flavour intensity, dryly refreshing as only Bordeaux can make. Drinking range: 2016 - 2030 L&S (Jun 2017)
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Juicy and nicely packed, with a succulent core of plum, blackberry and crushed black cherry framed by slightly austere charcoal and tobacco leaf notes. Racy acidity drives the finish and should knit the dark fruit and minerality together. Best from 2014 through 2022. 4,166 cases made. Drinking range: 2014 - 2022 Rating: 91-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Jan 2014)
This outstanding Fronsac never seems to disappoint. The powerful, concentrated, impressively endowed 2010, another sleeper of the vintage, exhibits a dense opaque purple color along with notes of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, spring flowers and incense. Deep, medium-bodied, elegant and pure with excellent acidity as well as ripe tannin, it should drink well for 10-15+ years. An impressive wine once again from proprietors Jean-Noel and Dominique Herve, this Fronsac is a blend of two-thirds Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc as well as tiny quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drinking range: 2013 - 2026 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2011)
Château Moulin Haut Laroque
The Château Moulin Haut Laroque vineyard has been producing wine since 1890. There are just over 16 hectares in production, on the plateaus and hillsides of Fronsac. It is planted between 5500 and 6700 vines per hectare, with 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% (100 year old) Malbec, with lots of old vines - and an average vine age of 40 years old. Jean-Noël Hervé has handed over to his son Thomas a vineyard at the top of its appellation, which, as Robert Parker has written 'seems never to disappoint'. The harvest is manual, picked into small crates for transport to the modern winery, with dual sorting tables and total de-stemming. The winery uses gravity - the only pumps ever used are peristaltic. The wine is aged for 18 months in barrel, with 35% new wood. The wine has a distinctive character of limestone soils, with a bracing structure and firm definition framing a fruit which concentrated and expressive. A tannic frame is part of what makes this wine such a joy to drink, especially with quite hearty food.
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