20 Feb Clos du Moulin Aux Moines

Clos du Moulin aux Moines

Côte de Beaune

In 2008, luxury hoteliers, Stéphane Andrieu and Grace Leo-Andrieu, purchased the 10th Century Clos du Moulin aux Moines in Auxey-Duresses. The Andrieus are well-known as the former owners of the chic, 5-Star Paris hotels, Le Montalambert and The Lancaster.  Grace Leo-Andrieu (GLA Hotel Design and Development) is renowned for her artistic mastery at several Leading Hotels of the World including The Cadogan in London, Bairro Alto in Lisbon, and music icon Bono’s Clarence Hotel in Dublin.

Stéphane Andrieu entrusted his son Jordane with the tasks of restoring the medieval Cluny monastery’s winemaking facilities and finding the right person to oversee both vineyards and cellar.  In the spring of 2009, former Domaine de Montille oenologist Willy Roulendes was hired as steward of this historic estate.   In addition to the Clos’ 6.9 acres, Jordane and Willy added other prime Côte de Beaune parcels including the 2.7 acre premier cru monopole Clos Orgelot in Pommard.  Heeding the wise counsel of Etienne de Montille and Dominique Lafon, Jordane and Willy implemented an organic regimen and all parcels are now certified organic by Ecocert.

Since taking the helm, Willy Roulendes has introduced the principles and practices of biodynamic viticulture.  Today, all work in the vineyards is conducted entirely by man and horse.  No tractors.  Homeopathic alternatives to chemical pesticides and fungicides are applied manually. Grasses are allowed to grow between the vine rows to compete for nutrients and limit yields but controlled by horse-drawn ploughing when necessary.  Harvest is, of course, also carried out by hand with strict selection in the vineyard, then on a vibrating table upon arrival at the cellar before the final tri on a traditional sorting table before pressing.

DOMAINE FACTS

Vines: 37 acres total (15 hectares): 6.9 acres in the Auxey-Duresses Clos monopole (2 Chard and 4.9 Pinot Noir); 5.5 acres in Pommard (1.63 Pommard Village and 3.87 combined in 4 Premier Crus: Clos Orgelot Monopole, Clos Blanc, La Reféne and Pézerolles); 3.7 acres of Chardonnay in Pernand-Vergelesses; 1.5 acres of Pinot Noir in Monthelie; 3.7 acres of Chardonnay in Saint-Romain; and approximately 8 acres each of Bourgogne Chardonnay and Bourgogne Pinot Noir in two separate lieux-dits.
White Wines: Clos du Moulin aux Moines Auxey-Duresses Blanc: From 2 acres on the border of Meursault
Moulin aux Moines Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc Les Combottes: 3.7 acre lieu-dit planted in 1970 and ‘74
Moulin aux Moines Saint-Romain Blanc:  From combined 3.7 acres in two parcels planted in the 1960s
Moulin aux Moines Bourgogne Blanc Clos de la Perrière:  3.33 acres on southern border of Puligny-Montrachet (Corpeau) planted in the 1960s
Red Wines: Clos du Moulin aux Moines Auxey-Duresses Rouge: 2.7 acres planted in 1985
Clos du Moulin aux Moines Auxey-Duresses Vieilles Vignes: 2.2 acres planted in 1950
Moulin aux Moines Pommard: From 3 parcels totaling 1.63 acres planted in 1947, ’83 and ‘88
Moulin aux Moines Pommard 1er Cru Clos Orgelot: Monopole planted in 1921, ’90 and ‘93
Moulin aux Moines Bourgogne Rouge Clos de la Perrière:  4 acres in the commune of Corpeau planted in the 1960s
Soil: Limestone and clay marls of the Côte de Beaune
Harvest: Manual harvest using perforated 18kg baskets with strict selection
Yields: Average 35 to 40 hectoliters/hectare
Vinification & Elevage: Total destemming. Indigenous yeast only. Remontage (pumping over) is the principal method of extraction while pigeage (punching down) is gently executed on alternate days. Elevage for white wines is 10 to 12 months and reds are aged from 18 to 22 months depending on appellation and vintage. 15% to 20% new wood for whites and village reds. 25% for Pommard 1er Crus. All wines are aged in Moulin aux Moines’ 15th century cellar. Barrels are selected from four different coopers. Red wines are not filtered.
Annual Production:
48,000 bottles / 8,000 six-packs