Le Carquelin 2014

Vintage of contradictions

Although the catastrophic hail of 28th June has not affected Moulin-à-Vent vineyards, Nature has changed her mood throughout the season. 2014 is above all a very hot (the hottest since 1959, equal to 2003) and rainy year. The vintage seemed very precocious with an early April bud burst and a very fast flowering. However, the summer coolness has obliterated this advance and ripening period started slowly at the end of July. Despite this weather alterations, maturation took place under good conditions, notably thanks to a record rate of sun exposure, just after 2009 and 2011. A warm and dry September compensated a fresh and humid August, enabling an ideal final ripening thanks to saving winds. The quality of this vintage is the fruit of a drastic double sorting, both in vineyards and in the winery.

Harvests at Domaine Labruyère started on 11th September under a beautiful blue sky, a warm sun and with very low humidity level. We picked up healthy, juicy, sweet grapes. 2014 can already be seen as an amazing vintage with a bright and velvety juice, great maturity close to 2011 and its freshness ensuring balance and great ageing potential.

Terroir

Our vineyard spans over 4.4 acres (1.75 hectares). This terroir with light, sandy clay and acid soil, has low levels of organic matters and presents the typical pink colour of the Cru. Its granite is highly altered and medium deep.

Grape Variety

100% Gamay

Planting Density

4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare

Average Age of Vines

50 years

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 25 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete vat, in order to isolate the parcel and to express the unique characteristics of its terroir.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged in oak barrels (15% new oak) for 12 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 7th December 2015)

Appearance: intense and dark ruby red with purple reflections.

Nose: very precise with notes of cherry pit and fresh almond.

Palate: dense and round with black fruit (black cherry), cocoa, dark chocolate and liquorice notes. Refreshing and digestible tannins.

Ageing Potential: more than 10 years.

Le Carquelin 2013

What a little difference a year makes… After an arduous weather in 2012 we hoped for a serene 2013 vintage, but Nature decided otherwise!

After a cold and snowy winter, spring was relatively grey with rainy skies and very little sunshine – ideal conditions for mildew and the worst conditions for flowering which, in the event, was late.

By the end of May there was a delay in the growth cycle of almost 15 days versus an average year but good fortune finally was at hand with a very sunny summer which allowed the grapes to mature properly. The limited rain in September served as a catalyst for the grapes to reach full maturity and gain a little flesh. Thus quantities in 2013 are up a little on the historically small harvest of 2012.

Harvest at Domaine Labruyère started on 1st October under excellent conditions, cold and dry, with grapes coming in healthy and ripe. There has not been such a late harvest in the past two decades.  The wines are delicious, structured and dense with beautiful fruitiness.

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete vat, in order to isolate the parcel and to express the unique characteristics of its terroir.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged in oak barrels (7% new oak) for 15 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 24th March 2015)

Appearance: Beautiful deep ruby red colour with violet reflections.

Nose: Elegant combination of black cherry, blackcurrant and dark berries. Fresh notes of menthol and spices.

Palate: Very delicate wine with beautiful spicy notes, featuring black chocolate and roasted coffee. Exquisite and long finish with refreshing and soft tannins.

Ageing Potential: more than 10 years.

Le Carquelin 2012

2012:  Virtuoso Winemaker Vintage!

Throughout vine growth cycle, our vineyards underwent all caprices of nature: great fluctuations in temperature in spring, arduous flowering (coulure and millerandage), excess rainfalls, several violent storms, hail and heat. 2012 weather conditions showed that nature remains determining factor in winemaking, it is stronger than everything and this is for the best. Despite these climate hazards, heat in the second half of August enabled a fast veraison. Thanks to summer-like temperatures, good health conditions were preserved in the vineyards and grapes could reach their optimal maturity. Harvests at Domaine Labruyere started September 18th under a beautiful sunny weather. 2012 is a very low yield vintage but with high-quality fruits producing elegant, round and dense wines.

Carquelin 2012 LABRUYERE_Moulin à vent 2012

Terroir

Our vineyard spans over 4.4 acres. This terroir with light, sandy clay and acid soil, has low levels of organic matters and presents the typical pink colour of the Cru. Its granite is highly altered and medium deep.

Grape Variety

100% Gamay

Planting Density

4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare

Average Age of Vines

50 years

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete or stainless steel tanks, in order to isolate the plot and to express in the best possible way the characteristics of this unique terroir. The entire system is thermo-regulated.

Wine is aged in oak barrels (10% new oak) for 15 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 17 March 2014)

Classical red ruby colour with slightly violet rim. Very fine and elegant nose accompanied with spice, liquorice, toasted and flower (violet, iris) aromas. Palate with flavours of spice, vanilla, fruits: black fruit, fresh cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. Long and delicate finish with fresh tannins. This wine has a great ageing potential of 10 years.

Le Carquelin 2011

Vintage

Spring came at the end of March with summer temperatures, hot and dry weather causing an explosive and brief flowering. Weather changed dramatically from July 14th and looked like fall. Harvests debuted on August 31st and took place in ideal conditions of maturity. 2011 is a nice balance between the freshness of 2010 and heat of 2009

Terroir

Our vineyard spans over 1.75 hectare. This terroir with light, sandy clay and acidic soil, has low levels of organic matters and presents the typical pink color of the Cru. Its granite is very altered and medium deep.

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking

Fermentation takes place in concrete vats of 50 hl or 60 hl in order to refine the plot selection and value each vineyard.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is grown whether in new oak barrels or used ones. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting comments

(Tasted in May 2013)

  • Robe : deep ruby color
  • Bouquet : fruit and pepper
  • Palate : nice tension providing superb length, a rare elegance due to this exceptional terroir. Balanced between acidity, tannins and fruit.

Cellaring potential

Both ready to drink or to keep.