Chateau Les Trois Moulins has been owned by the same family since the beginning of the 19th century and sits on the great plateau rising up from the Gironde estuary in the Cotes de Bourg. Bourg is not only famous for its fortified citadel and historic pedigree – it’s also a treasure chest of hidden gems for wine hunters. Les Trois Moulins is one of our latest discoveries. This polished Cotes de Bourg comes from a little known producer that we are delighted to introduce to the UK for the first time.
Typical of the elegantly deep wines of Bourg, Les Trois Moulins is made with real flair and finesse. The vineyard lies in the ancient Lieu Dit of Les Trois Moulins inland of the cliff-side town of Gauriac. A ‘Lieu Dit’ is an old French term for a small vineyard that bears a traditional name – in this case it refers to the three windmills (moulins) that dominate the skyline around the estate.
Gauriac’s origins are Roman, taking its name from Gavriacus, the owner of a villa and sizable estate a couple of fields away from Les Trois Moulins. Home to quays along the estuary (and an unrivaled view over the waters) and to the Roman port of Roque de Thau on the River Grenet, Gauriac was an important trading hub in ancient times. Today it’s tranquil and picturesque with fishermen dotted along the cliff sides and wine makers pottering amongst the vines. Old limestone buildings glaring white in the sunshine still sit in the Lieu Dit of Trois Moulins with their pale blue shutters closed against the heat of the sun. They may sit on Roman remains but the vineyards there also sit on some superb terroir.
Chateau Les Trois Moulins is a claret that would pair well with feathered game and poultry such as guinea fowl, pheasant, goose and turkey. It’s also good with nut roast, chicken in cashew nuts, braised pork and chestnuts and sharper flavoured cheeses.