Tasted in Moulin à Vent with Delphine Lardet, 12 April 2016.
Maison Le Nid
Hameau Moulin à vent
71570 Romaneche-Thorins, FRANCE
Tel: +33 6 82 88 61 01
Here is a super old cellar – and cool too. This is a new-ish domaine, since end of 2012, and is a real family operation. Delphine has taken the domaine on with two brothers their parents – the family Lardet. There is also Thierry, the metayer here for many years. So, this is an old domaine, renewed; It was Delphine’s father who found the domaine and the previous owner had almost 12 descendants – which was too difficult for succession, so they decided that it was easier to sell.
The parents supervise, and the domaine’s first vintage was 2013. Right from the start they decided to work with separate cuvées, bought a new press and a destemmer too. In total they work 12 different parcels, which cumulatively account for almost 6 hectares. Lots of barrels were in evidence in the cellar and even some foudres. Usually they use one foudre per year and produce 3 cuvees.
The wines range from €13 to ‘less than’ €17 – “we are not the cheapest” says Delphine. Cheapest or not, I found these a seriously great set of wines…
The trois terroirs:
2013 Moulin à Vent
Between the Moulin and the town of Romaneche. Some foudre used for elevage here.
Here is an open and pretty aromatic, still some depth too – a noticeable floral aspect in the mix. Big in the mouth, round, floral here too, good energy and an impression from the texture, of waves. A very tasty, quite high-toned flavour. Yum!
2013 Moulin à Vent La Rochelle
For elevage, 2-3 year old barrels.
This is completely different; darker, deeper, more mineral, accented with vanilla oak. More direct intensity, more structure – certainly more a wine to wait for, but there is also plenty of fine energy here. Plenty to wait for, but wait you should – this is not your typical easy mav… Super all the same.
The star terroir of mav says Delphine – 50-60 year old vines – more principally it is new oak used here. …
Super colour. Here is an impressive, silky nose. Gorgeous dark fruit of clarity and very modest oak. Lithe, clean attack, fine texture with a drag from tannin, but only that – fresh and intense – really lovely… Excellent length – you wont need to wait quite as long for this one – only a little patience will be required – very yum!