2006 Château Moulin Saint-Georges, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2006 Château Moulin Saint-Georges, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2006 Château Moulin Saint-Georges, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Owned by Alain Vauthier of Ch. Ausone fame, Moulin St Georges is in its own way just as impressive, displaying all the seductive panache of its elder sibling but with the volume (and price!) turned down. This is gorgeously aromatic with spicy rich black fruit and chocolate truffles on the nose. The palate is luscious and exotic, packed full of blackberries and cream with hints of coffee, dark chocolate and coconut.The Vauthiers have produced another fabulous, great value wine in 2006, and with only 3000 cases or so produced, we recommend you snap one up quick.

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Wine Advocate90/100

Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. Do not go near this Saint Emilion at the moment as it is in the middle of a sulky stage. It is introverted on the nose: tertiary aromas, wild hedgerow and a touch of bay leaf, though gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, a touch too sweet and extracted with a chewy, spicy finish but it calms down with aeration with a lush blueberry finish. Cellar for 5-6 years.

Neil Martin, Wine Advocate (July 2010)

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

Dark purple. Very opulent and velvety on the nose. Then quite lively and kicks up its heels but there is not the density that there has been in some other recent vintages. Sandy tannins on the finish. Some slightly green notes on the end. Quite sophisticated texture but it can’t mask what is missing – flesh. A Vauthier wine (Ausone stable).

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (August 2007)

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Robert Parker90/100

A sleeper of the vintage, regardless of vintage conditions, this St.-Emilion owned by Alain Vauthier (also the proprietor of Ausone) offers a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet notes of incense, spring flowers, blueberries, black currants, and crushed rocks/minerals. The 2006 is deep and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, and a layered mouthfeel. It should last for 10-15 years.

Drink 2009 - 2024

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (February 2009)

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Stephen Tanzer90/100

Bright red-ruby. Vibrant nose offers blackberry, licorice, mint and minerals. Juicy, penetrating dark berry and crushed rock flavors lifted by violet. Pure and sweet, with firm acids and calcaire energy contributing grip and clarity. The tannins are firm but not hard. An excellent, ageworthy vintage for this Alain Vauthier property, which faces his Chateau Ausone.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com (May 2009)

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About this WINE

Chateau Moulin Saint-Georges

Chateau Moulin Saint-Georges

Château Moulin St Georges has been referred to as a junior version of Château Ausone as it is owned by the same proprietors, the Vauthier family. Its 17.3 acres of vineyards are located between those of Ausone and La Gaffelière and are well-sited on a south-west facing slope, known as the Pavie slope. The vineyards are planted with Merlot (66%), the rest (34%) Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vines are expertly cultivated by Vauthier who firmly believes that a wine's quality is first and foremost a function of the vines and the fruit they bear. Consequently, yields are kept deliberately low and the grapes exclusively hand-harvested. Winemaking takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then matured in 100% new oak barriques for 15-20 months. The wines are bottled unfiltered.

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St Émilion

St Émilion

St Émilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Émilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Émilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Émilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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