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History

On the banks of the river Layon in the beautiful Loire valley exists one of the world's largest and oldest single wine stocks. Miles of underground cellars contain a rare collection dating back to the 1800's.

Remarkable bottles, - many over a century old - are occasionally uncorked and more often than not the  experience is incredible: for the wines are undiminished with the passing of the years - rather, they  possess a vitality and elegance that is completely unexpected. These are the sweet Chenin Blanc wines of  Moulin Touchais. Since 1787, the Moulin Touchais cellars together with the surrounding vineyards have been owned and managed by eight generations of the Touchais family.

The vineyards are amongst the most famous in the Anjou area.

The methods of viticulture and vinification have changed little over the years and are still based on the traditional values of low-yields, careful harvesting and meticulous winemaking; particularly during pressing and the long fermentation period. The grapes are hand-picked in several stages. In fact  one of the secrets of Moulin Touchais' longevity and complexity is this harvesting strategy: 20% of the grapes are picked around 80 days after flowering while the fruit is still under-ripe and loaded with acidity, the other 80% is harvested late (as late as one hundred and twenty days after flowering) generally yielding fruit with very high sugar levels and concentrated flavours. High acidity and high sugar levels ultimately determine Moulin Touchais' opulent style: smooth and elegant. Only the healthiest grapes are chosen; the pips are removed and the must is clarified by decanting before beginning the slow fermentation process which is spread over several weeks. The wine is bottled early; between the end of February and early March following the harvest.

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Vineyards

Only the best vintages will leave the cellars under the Moulin Touchais name after a minimum of ten years cellarage - a good Anjou will only begin to indicate its qualities after a decade. The Chenin Blanc grape, brought to an overripe stage but generally unaffected by noble rot due to the geographic situation of the area gives Moulin Touchais its outstanding freshness and typically fine, beautifully balanced acidity which lingers on the lips and on the palate.

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Winemaking

The wines of Moulin Touchais begin reaching their peak after twenty years, although many of the great vintages take much
longer.
Great vintages such as the 1953, 1959, 1964, 1969 are still maturing. The 1945, 1947 and 1949 have become classics.

Moulin Touchais are the only winemakers in the world who give a CENTURY LONG GUARANTEE ON THE LONGEVITY OF THEIR
WINES (subject to being kept under optimal cellar conditions). Bottles may show some sediment or deposit. One should
understand this is due to the traditional filtration process, the main aim being to protect the colour, the bouquet and the depth
of flavour of the wine.

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 Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moulin Touchais . In a tasting of  14 wines 

SPANNING 41 YEARS OF MOUNT MARY (AND FRIENDS)
 Well I can say for certainty, this isn’t a common tasting to be invited too… and what a privilege it was.  I worked hard to assimilate some kind of cohesion on my notebook, but we are all very lucky I applied myself as well as I did, because the wines were distracting to say the least.  The notes below are as I wrote them last night.  I have been honest in my guesses – both right and wrong – and have recorded closures and points.


The host, Bob, had worked with Sam Middleton (Mount Mary) over the past couple of weeks to single out the best vintages to show on the evening, and Bob then matched to them, to some (very) interesting Western Australian and American examples, for context.


All wines purchased on release and stored in a subterranean temperature-controlled cellar from purchase.  Served blind, in brackets of two, except where stated.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  5 wines  from  Moulin Touchais . In a tasting of  35 wines 

If I should name the underdog wine region of the world, Loire it is! And more precisely Anjou and Saumur! Lovely range of Moulin Touchais wines from 1971-2006 are so expressive and Guiberteau's red and white wines from the Brézé hill astonishing. Along with these gems, Dean Hewitson's range charmed me with Cote-Rotie-like Ned&Henry's and Hermitage-like Truffle Row. 2018 Lulu Sauvignon Blanc refreshed the palate lovely - the best Sav from Hewitson so far!  

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moulin Touchais . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Chateau de Beaucastel 'Hommage a Jacques Perrin' 2001 (magnum)


Beaucastel has had some problems with the dreaded brett in the past but any suggestion of such issues now seem to be well behind it. Certainly, no evidence of it here. No evidence of anything but a stupendous wine. One sometimes wonders if some of the Rhone wines that have come out in recent years as 'flagships', with monumental price tags, are intended for nothing other than to jump on the Parker bandwagon and cash in while they can, with massive, overheated wine bombs. This is certainly a wine that has attracted very favourable reviews from Parker and high points. Well, he got it spot on. This is a brilliant, wonderful wine.


First made in 1989, it is a curious blend of 60% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 10% syrah and 10% counoise, though that can change in certain years such as 1998 which favoured grenache. It is only made in top years and only in small quantities, never more than 5,000 bottles, and usually considerably less.


It is ripe, big and full-flavoured. Finishes with ultra thin tannins and is incredibly long. So long. A mix of flavours with dry herbs and lots of cherry notes. This is a brilliant wine by any standard. The colour was so bright that it is simply impossible to imagine it is pushing a decade of age. It is sooo young.


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