Chateau Moulin Riche 2008 is the second wine of Second Growth (2ème Cru Classé) Chateau Leoville Poyferré but was once a separate chateau in its own right. 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. Since the 1920’s, both estates have been owned by the Cuvelier family, a well respected wine making Bordelaise dynasty, who decided to produce Moulin Riche as Leoville Poyferre’s second wine.
Second wines are made with the same wine making teams using the same expertise as the Grand Vin but can be drunk earlier as the vines used are young and produce less tannic fruit. However Second Wines differ from the Grand Vin itself as they are much more affordable and are well worth seeking out. Although some châteaux were producing a second wine as early as the late 1800s the phenomenon did not become common in Bordeaux until the mid to late 80s. 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 is superb with venison, pidgeon and game pie, beef wellington, Chinese dishes based on black bean sauce or Peking duck and roast lamb.
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