Bordeaux, 2017. Chateau Moulin du Terrier

Bordeaux, 2017. Chateau Moulin du Terrier

Item #: B0221R1IF
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Deep Crimson
Nose: Black Fruit
Palate: Rich, Alluring
Finish: Medium Tannins
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2026/Red Meat, Game/14% Alcohol by Volume

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Moulin du Terrier is owned by the Forcato family, who have enjoyed over eight generations of creating masterpiece wines in the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation of Bordeaux. It was Angelo Forcato who, in 1850, took over the estate, which is currently run by Patrick Forcato. Grapes have been harvested in this section of Bordeaux since Eleanor of Aquitaine planted the first vines here in 1150.

The rise in temperatures in Bordeaux over the years have caused many of the ch?teaux to plant more Cabernet Sauvignon, with Terrier leading the way. As a result, the wines are richer and firmer than 40 years ago. Back then you would have never seen a wine from this appellation with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, as is in our selection.

The 160-acre chateau enjoys exceptional properties. All of the vines are south-facing, meaning they get sunlight throughout the entire day. Because of the elevation and latitude of the vineyards, it is not as warm as those to the south. This allows the grapes to mature slower without heat spikes that would result in higher sugars and thus higher alcohols. The grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted, assuring that only the ripest ones are used. This is what accounts for the impact of the wine, a stunning array of black fruits mixed with coffee and mocha. It would sing with beef wellington, dance with duck breast and caress a saddle of lamb.