Chemin de Moscou

“Chemin de Moscou” is named after the “Nom Cadastral” (land registry name) of the vineyards around our winery in the village of Brugairolles. The road leading to these vineyards is called “Chemin de Moscou”, the “Road to Moscow”.
The local villagers believe the name originated from the place outside the village where meetings were held, under the “L’arbre de Moscou” the “Moscow Tree”. This tree was used as a navigation beacon by pioneers of the Aéropostale service flying out of Toulouse on their way to Perpignan, Spain, North Africa and eventually South America. Stories of these flights have been immortalised by Saint Exupéry in his many books about his exploits. The tree, an enormous pine, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground over 20 years ago. The quality of the grapes guaranteed by our vines gives us a continuity of exceptional product for vinification. Estate bottled at Domaine Gayda.

Tasting Notes: 

Deep purple, almost opaque in colour with an expressive nose of black fruits, pepper, cinnamon, spice and violets. A seductive palate of dark hedgerow fruits, very open and welcoming with an explosion of fruit and spice. Mineral undertones.

Vinification process: 

Low yielding vines
Hand picked
Hand graded selection
De-stemmed
Berry selection
Traditional vinification with 2 weeks post-fermentation maceration

Awards: 

Millésime 2013, Élu Cuvée Ambassadrice, Pays d'Oc Collection 2016
Millésime 2013,“Neat, complex nose - serious ! Concentration of fruit too.” 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
Millésime 2013, 17/20 par le critique Belge Frank Der Auwera, KLARE WIJN - 10.07.2015
Millésime 2013,“ (....) lots of minerality (...) Forward, sexy (...) borderline fruit bomb (...).” Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) #224 89 pts
Millésime 2012, “ (....) pure, elegant effort (…) terrific purity of fruit,(…) Count me as a fan, (…) rock solid bottle of wine (...).” Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate # 218 91 pts
Millésime 2012, “ (....) Gros potentiel. Plein de charme, très racé.” 17/20 Guide des Vins 2016 Bettane & Desseauve

Vineyards: 

Syrah : La Livinière, Latour de France, Calce, St Martin de Fenouillet & Brugairolles
Grenache : Tautavel & La Livinière
Cinsault : La Livinière

Ageing: 

21 months in French Oak: A third of the Syrah in New Oak for 9 months. Grenache and Cinsault in 2nd and 3rd fill for 9 months then blending of the best barrels of each variety followed by a further 12 months maturation of the final blend in the same barrels.

Additions:

Appelation: 

  • Indication Géographique Protégée - Pays d'Oc

Variety: 

60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Cinsault

Year: 

Alcohol: 

14.22%

Total acidty in H2SO4: 

3.42g/L

Residual Sugar: 

0.52g/L

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