Sweet / Fortified
Historic property of 145 hectares, of which only 10% is from the Coteaux du Layon appellation.
Schist, limestone and chalk
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.
Fermentation in apoxy- or glass-lined concrete.
Ages for 6-8 months before being bottled. Wine is held for at least a decade of cellar ageing prior to release.
From a warm, sunny vintage, this 1997 has aromatics of caramel and roasted coffee followed by rich flavors and round textures on the palate.There are faint and very pleasing butter notes on the seemingly endless finish.
Shows the power and depth of this great vintage, with a core of still-youthful mango, guava and creamed peach flavors streaming along, backed by light heather, honeysuckle and quince notes. The long finish is creamy and pure, displaying a lovely lining of brioche and lemon curd. Drink now through 2037. 1,750 cases made.
The 1997 and 1996 vintages were two very top, top years in Anjou, with the wines quite differently styled, but both years producing superb examples of Moulin Touchais. The 1997 is a nicely botrytized wine, delivering a deep and still quite youthful bouquet of fresh apricot, quince, a lovely base of chalky soil tones, honey, citrus peel and still a touch of adolescent wet wool in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite powerful in personality for Moulin Touchais, with a rock solid core, superb complexity and a very, very long, wellbalanced and promising finish. The 1997 is eminently drinkable today, but the wine is still very much climbing and I would try to keep my hands off of bottles of this great wine for at least another five years and really let it blossom fully. 2020-2075. - Jon Gilman
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