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.
Notes: 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!
Publication: Wine advocate
Publication: Wine Spectator
Time has added a dry, taut edge to the core of mango, white peach and papaya flavors, with extra chamomile and honeysuckle nuances filling in liberally on the finish. Lovely green tea and white ginger echoes as well. Impressive for this rather modest vintage. Drink now through 2019. 3,000 cases made.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
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