2008 Château Moulin Saint-Georges, St Emilion, Bordeaux
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 02/05/2011
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.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2009
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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.
St Emilion 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 Emilion 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 Emilion, 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 Emilion 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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All the 2008 wines from the Ch. Ausone stable wowed us and Moulin-St Georges was no exception. Fabulous, rich, concentrated fruit blended superbly with fine, elegant tannins and a deep, blackberry finish that just went on and on. Smooth, silky and sophisticated, this will definitely be a personal buy for my cellar this year.
Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Sales Director
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