Located in the Saint-Julien appellation, Château Moulin Riche covers 22 hectares. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on soils of Garonne gravels and aeolian sands. Vineyard management techniques are performed by hand to ensure each vine is carefully tended to. The Château also focuses on sustainable viticulture reducing the use of machinery and chemical sprays so fruit retains its varietal characteristics while displaying a great sense of place.
This wine is very aromatic and juicy with rich red fruit aromas. The tannins are beautifully integrated to add a sensation of tension. The use of both old and new oak adds a spicy complexity to the palate. The finish is long and smooth.
Previously the second wine of Saint-Julien, 2nd Growth Château Léoville Poyferré, Château Moulin Riche became an independent estate in 2009, though it remains under the same ownership. The estate was bought alongside Château Léoville Poyferré in 1920 by the Cuvelier family, who apply the same rigorous standards across all their properties. The chief oenologist of Léoville Poyferré, Isabelle Davin, is also responsible for crafting the wines of Château Moulin Riche.
The estate comprises 22 hectares of vines in Saint-Julien, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Grown sustainably, the vines have an average age of 25 years and are planted on Garonne gravel and aeolian soils. The grapes are hand-picked before undergoing a rigorous sorting process, first by hand in the vineyard, then again at the winery using a state-of-the-art optical sorting machine. This ensures that only perfectly ripe and healthy grapes are vinified.
Each plot is harvested and fermented separately in stainless-steel vats, before ageing for 18-20 months in a combination of new and second-use French oak barrels. The resulting wine has an opulent fruit character with ripe tannins and a spicy complexity on the palate.