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The Domaine Chignard's 8 hectares of vines are situated right at the top of the hill bordering Moulin-à-Vent, on pure granitic soil inflected with the manganese found in Moulin-à-Vent. The ‘Moriers’ lieu-dit contains their oldest vines, some of which are over 60-years-old and all of which are free-standing in traditional ‘gobelet’ style. Vinification is divided between stainless steel, cement and large wooden tanks, all using the classic whole bunch method for the maximum extraction of fruit. The subtly differing cuvées are then blended early in the spring and allowed to harmonise over three to four months. This is a tiny estate, the entire operation takes place beneath their house.

In short, this is a beautiful wine of precision, elegance and finesse. Discreet herbal and floral perfume, spice, suggestion of sweet liquorice root, raspberry and cherry. It’s supple, minerally, flows like a ribbon through the palate, has gentle graphite tannin and perfect acidity. Length. Pleasure. Versatility. It’s a superb vintage for this wine. Tasted: Nov 2015; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $38; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2015-2024; Rating: 94 Points; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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