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A little bit dumb on the nose. Palate seems to be fighting the nose a little and it needs to harmonise, but it is beautifully expressive with a fine tension. Superb raspberry, blueberry and cassis fruit, with density and length and purity. Will be terrific, I think. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2012)
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In many vintages this estate, owned by Ausone’s Alain Vauthier, produces a sleeper of the vintage. The dark blue/purple-colored 2011 Moulin St.-Georges exhibits lots of raspberry, charcoal, truffle and incense characteristics, medium body, good purity, crunchy acids and a spicy, layered, authoritative finish. Consume it over the next decade. 2012 - 2022 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2012)
The Moulin Saint-Georges is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked at 35hl/ha and will spend around 18 months in new oak. It has a floral bouquet emanating from the ripe Cabernet Franc, hints of cassis and blackcurrant complemented by subtle crushed stone aromas with aeration. It is well defined and focused, the oak deftly assimilated into the wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely opening of vibrant, red berry fruit with hints of truffle and dried meats. It is very well balanced with svelte tannins and substance from start to finish. This is a supremely accomplished Saint Emilion from Alain Vauthier: feminine and...nubile. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2012)
A yield of 35 hl/ha, the blend Merlot 80% and Cabernet Franc 20%. Really pure and defined forest fruits here. Dark fruit but with a white flower-petal, fresh and floral edge. The palate feels rather firm and bold, although in the middle the fruit does come to the fore. Some yeasty, whisky-mash notes from the fermentation. But underneath there is great structure, supple and moving into a more silky style, with rounded fruit. And a good, grippy finish too. This is a little difficult to judge as there is lot of winemaking scents here which should fade, but I sense the structure is good and the fruit fresh. Rating: 15.5-16.5 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2012)
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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