CHÂTEAU MOULIN HAUT LAROQUE
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The most refined and elegant of the Fronsacs, but also one of the most powerful, with its usual distinctive bite of tannin in the palate, but lots of expressive ripe fruit to go with it, and a nice mineral undertow too. We finished the bin of the 2010 at a St Emilion restaurant during the primeur week this year (over two nights!), and it was simply terrific, even if it was infanticide. This should reward cellaring for 10-15 years with a great value characterful bottle in a similar mould. Drinking range: 2025 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 L&S (Apr 2017)
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An outstanding Fronsac, the 2016 Château Moulin Haut Laroque is another high-quality wine from this vintage that I expect will sell for a song. Terrific black fruits, wood smoke, tobacco, and graphite all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, rounded, and textured. It’s one sexy Fronsac to drink over the coming 10-12 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2031 Rating: 90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2019)
Purple. Slightly muted nose. All a bit muted and timid. Correct but not very expressive. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)
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 55 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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