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Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon 1985

Eminently ageable Chenin Blanc. This is 100% late harvest chenin blanc, and it is 100% alive, too, offering a mind-blowing assortment of aromas and flavors including cream, honey, minerals and tangy tropical fruit with a sweetness that is matched by vivacious acidity. The slightly nutty honeyed finish is incredibly long… you can still taste it minutes later. Fantastic! Very deep, old gold and clearly a wine marked by botrytis. This is evolved, but has probably been on this plateau of development for years. There are notes of caramel on the nose. Open and expressive. Delicate and elegant on entry, it builds well with a notable thread of acidity running through the wine. Persistent and powerful finish. This is drinking now but will continue to hold for many more years. It remains my favourite wine of the decade, developing savoury and a saline character once opened.

“Hailing from a warm vintage that was one of the best in what would otherwise have been a fairly ordinary decade, the 1985 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon is starting to take on a deep golden appearance, commencing to amber. It offers a gorgeous, suave texture and a very complex nose that’s a touch oxidative but that adds a layer of additional intrigue: it’s all nuts, raisins, walnuts, olives, warm pastry, cinnamon, cooked orange peel. It’s round and sweet (95g/L) but not unctuous with richness on the mid-palate while retaining enough acidity to refresh the mouth on the long finish. A wine that is very comfortable in its own skin, providing a very relaxing experience.”
94 Points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, April 2021

£42.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 4 remaining

The cellars here contain one of the largest and oldest collections of any winery anywhere in the world, with the miles of underground cellars containing close to two million bottles at any one time, including a rare collection of ancient wines; the oldest dating back to the mid to late 19th century.

History documents that the first sweet wines were produced along the banks of the Layon in 1579, with Dutch merchants encouraging their production, since they appeared to have the stamina to survive the journey by boat back to the Low Countries. Whilst the family Touchais cannot claim to have pioneered the production of moelleux, their ancestors were certainly making wine as far back as 1787. That’s eight generations so far, and counting… The first six were situated not within the town, but in Tigné, the location of the original Moulin and it was from here that the original vineyard holding was built up, mostly to support the requirements for Cuisse de Bergère, a hugely successful inexpensive branded rosé that was developed by Joseph Touchais in the late 1940s and around the same period the business was transferred to the cellars in Doué-La-Fontaine.

The family still own an impressive 150 hectares of vines, spanning the communes of Tigné and Martigné-Briand, although the death of Joseph ten years ago saw the company split into two divisions; Vignobles Touchais, which retains 35 hectares of Chenin Blanc in the Coteaux-du-Layon appellation for the continued production of Moulin Touchais, whilst the other, Vin Touchais, is a trading company responsible for selling off the balance of the production in bulk to the larger Loire négoce; which is mostly vinified as base wine for Méthode Traditionelle.

Reference #:
6968
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Grapes
Chenin Blanc
Organic
No
Biodynamic
No
Vegan
No
Vegetarian
No
Sparkling
No

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