Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon

Moulin Touchais

Wine label
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Type:Sweet / Fortified
Varietals:Chenin Blanc
Vineyard:Historic property of 145 hectares, of which only 10% is from the Coteaux du Layon appellation.
Soil:Schist, limestone and chalk
Viticulture:Coteaux du Layon rarely gets much botrytis, and consequently many of the sweeter-styled chenin blancs are a result of the grapes dehydrating on the vine, rather than being concentrated by noble rot.
Vinification:Fermentation in apoxy- or glass-lined tanks.
Aging:Ages for 6-8 months before being bottled. Wine is held for at least a decade of cellar ageing prior to release.
Tasting:A delicate, pleasant wine from a challenging vintage, this '94 is vibrant and savory with markedly less powere than the sunnier 1997 vintage (for comparison). Excellent value!


Wine advocate: 91
Other: 87
The 1994 vintage was not an ideal one at Moulin Touchais, but this is the beauty of holding a wine ten years in the cellar before deciding its future, as the wine has developed a very intriguing personality with bottle age and shows another side of Coteaux du Layon. The bouquet is fairly deep-pitched, probably due to the less than ideal weather patterns of 1994, but also complex and vibrant, wafting from the glass in a mix of yellow plum, wet wool, chalky soil tones, desiccated quince and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and now fully mature, with solid framing acids and good focus, but with only moderate length on the wide open finish. Not a great vintage of Moulin Touchais, but also a pretty tasty wine for nearterm drinking. 2015-2025+. - Jon Gilman