This 21-hectare Saint-Julien estate has been part of the Cuvelier family’s vineyards since 1920, and for many years this was effectively the second wine of its second-growth property, Léoville Poyferré, but it has been officially independent in its own right since 2009.
The vineyards are actually a mile further inland than Léoville Poyferré and can be located to the northwest of Gloria and Batailley. The blend is generally around 60% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, with the remainder coming from some excellent old-vine petit verdot which is sometimes used in Léoville Poyferré’s grand vin.
The wine is fermented in stainless-steel tanks before being transferred into oak barrels for between 18 and 20 months. It is fined with egg whites before bottling.
Moulin Riche is a rich, velvety wine suitable for earlier drinking, and can be enjoyed for five to 10 years after the vintage.