Domaine du Moulin
60% TANNAT, 30% SYRAH, 10% BRAUCOL
93 points Jeb Dunnuck
Domaine du Moulin Cinto
Nicolas Hirissou is not only the sixth-generation owner and winemaker of Domaine du Moulin, but also an accomplished falconer. The Cinto cuvée is named for his prized Golden Eagle Cinto. Many years and much work went into the creation of this cuvée in order to achieve the perfect balance between power and elegance. This is a very small quantity, limited release.
Excellent with dinners of beef & lamb. Delicious with dessert as well – think chocolate and red fruit!
Cinto has a vibrant purple color, and notes of black raspberries, violets, roasted herbs, and licorice. The balance between power and elegance is pristine.
Very good soil of limestone and gravel. High density of plants, about 7500 plants per hectare (in Gaillac, 4500 plants per hectare is common). The vineyards are farmed organically, without certification. Green harvest and pruning is done until there are only 4 grape bunches on each plant. Yield is 25 hectoliters per hectare (in Gaillac, 50 hectoliters per hectare in common). Everything is hand harvested.
In the tank, the winemaker performs pigéage. There are 2 months of maceration, and then one year’s aging in 20% new oak barrels.
“On another level, the 2015 Gaillac l’Aigle Cinto checks in as a blend of 60% Tannat, 30% Syrah and 10% Braucol. It’s vibrant purple color is followed by terrific notes of black raspberries, blueberries, violets, roasted herbs and licorice. It’s a big, rich, concentrated 2015 that has terrific purity, integrated acidity and lots of chalky tannin, all of which suggest short term cellaring, as well as a long lived, terrific wine.” – 93 points, Jeb Dunnuck