Chateau Moulin Riche 2006 is the second wine of Second Growth (2ème Cru Classé) Chateau Leoville Poyferré and was once a 19th century Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel estate in its own right. Both estates were purchased by the Cuvelier family, a well respected wine making Bordelaise dynasty, in the 1920s and they decided to produce Moulin Riche as Leoville Poyferre’s second wine. Second wines made by the great Classed Growths are well worth investigating as they are often made from the same grapes on the same terroir by the same production methods as the Grand Vin – but are a fraction of the cost. Thanks to the rising star of the Cuvelier family, Moulin Riche’s reputation has grown exponentially and since 2009 Moulin Riche has once again been produced as a separate chateau in its own right under the same staff.
Moulin Riche has 49 acres of vines which are planted on the slopes of Gironde glacial gravel and wind-driven sand resting on a limestone plateau. These hilltop moors were cleared in the 19th century to plant the vines. In 1932 Moulin Riche was classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel – the only wine out of the 11 Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien wines to be marked out as such.
Moulin Riche is superb with venison, pigeon and game pie, beef wellington, Chinese dishes based on black bean sauce or Peking duck and roast lamb.
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