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Who are we ?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]In 2012, Christian Guillot decided to change his environment. The purpose? Finding an activity that associates entrepreneurship and taste for fine wines. During his professional trips to Bordeaux, he visits some properties while he takes time to study what makes a good terroir, how to entertain the vine and the soils, how to choose the grape varieties. Eventually he decides to stop in Moulis where he buys 7 hectares on a AOC land. 3,3ha of this vineyard is planted with Merlot and located on a very rich clay soil.

At that point, Christian Guillot is convinced that the lands he owns are great. That is why he invests in the vineyard makeover well aware that it is a 10 to 15 years enterprise. Therefore he invites his children to join him. Marie-Amélie (28 years-old), Marie-Caroline (26) and François-Baptiste (24).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”41″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”appear”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]2015 offers a big opportunity: the overtaking of Château Moulis, an old vineyard which already existed in 1876 in one of the first editions of the Feret guide (an inventory of all the properties in the region).

The estate, belonging to the Lasserre family since the 17th century has flourished for more than three centuries. The wines, classified Cru Bourgeois supérieur, have received numerous awards such as a silver medal at the Bordeaux Exhibition in 1882, a gold medal at the Antwerp Expo in 1885 and a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1900. Happy to gather in this haven of peace, the heirs had to unfortunately part with it.

In the early sixties, the Darriacerrere family took tenant farming of the estate then acquired it in the eighties. In 2012, the property is sold to a Chinese investor who decides to sell two years later whereas very important works are to make in order to have a clean vineyard and functional buildings. In this climate of change, the property is presented to Christian Guillot who decides to make an offer despite all the works needed. This is how this property is now part of the family business. Marie-Caroline and his father are responsible for the wine farm, commercialization and marketing. On this estate, there are 13 hectares of vines classified Appellation d’Origine and composed of old vines with an average age of 35 years. Those vines are planted either on chalky-clayey soils or on sandstone and gravels. This estate is to be remodelled in order to make it a reference vineyard in the area.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom” el_class=”post-title”]

The team

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Christian GuillotOwner, manager[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]

Caroline GuillotCommunication, sales, marketing[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css_animation=”right-to-left”]

Docteur Alain RaynaudTechnical advisor[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”appelation”][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom” el_class=”post-title”]

The « appellation »

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]The Moulis AOC (Protected Designation of Origin) was created in 1938 and is one of the oldest of the Medoc region that gathers around forty winemakers.

With approximately 610 hectares of vine, Moulis represents 3.7% of the global surface of the vineyard in the Medoc region. As a matter of fact, it is the smallest one but for some it is a concentrate of what is typical in the Medoc region.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”62″ img_size=”full” css_animation=”appear”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom” el_class=”post-title”]

The geographical situation

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]Located slightly south of the 45th parallel, around 35km north-west of Bordeaux between Margaux and Saint-Julien and next to Listrac, Moulis has an exceptional geographic situation for great wine production. Lands of Moulis are close enough to the ocean and from the Gironde River to take advantage from the tempered oceanic climate but it is also far enough not to suffer from humidity.

This great geographic location offers Moulis to be at the crossroad of different but complementary terroirs. This is why the area is a concentrate of what it is good in the Medoc region.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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The Vineyard

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]Each grape variety, each region, each appellation has different characteristics, so each wine and each vintage is different. There is no single recipe to make a great wine. It is, instead, a sum of small and multiple interventions that make the vine and wine, an exceptional product. The soil, the environment, the type of grape, but also the human work permit obtaining a range of colours, flavours and multiple tastes.

Today, the vineyard of Château Moulis is spread throughout the appellation which enables it to offer rich and complex wines thanks to the different soils and varieties it offers. The special focus on winemaking and farming comes to perfect the development of the Château wines in order to offer a wine of the highest quality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”54,53,52,51,50,49″ img_size=”260×160″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom” el_class=”post-title”]

The Terroir

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top” el_class=”backed-terroir”]Located in the heart of the Médoc, the soil of Moulis tilts perpendicular facing the Gironde River, from east to west. It is, as its wines, full of complexity since it essentially consists of gravels from the Garonne River dating back to the Günz (Quaternary), more than 2.5 million years ago. Its gravel soils based on chalky-clayey subsoil east, sandstone and mix of clay and limestone west and south-west, on the set of Bouqueyran.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom” el_class=”post-title”]

The Winery

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”59″ img_size=”full” css_animation=”appear”][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]The winery of Chateau Moulis is divided into two parts. The traditional cellar barrels (oak, origin France) for the maturing of our wines on the one hand and the winery on the other hand. The latter includes a section reserved for the ageing of our most qualitative batches directly in 500 litres barrels made of new French oak. The other part of the winery is made of stainless steel tanks of 30 or 80 hectolitres each, all being controlled by temperature.

During the harvest, we use two sorting tables including a vibrating one to remove any twigs and unfit grains. Thanks to this pre sorting, we can then proceed to the manual sorting of the grapes to have a particularly healthy harvest.

The grape is always respected in Château Moulis. The use of peristaltic pumps is further proof.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom” el_class=”post-title”]

The Grapes Varieties

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”58″ img_size=”full” css_animation=”appear”][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]Merlot is the most common grape variety in the appellation. It is mostly, as regards Château Moulis, planted on clay soils, which gives the wines structure and a long finish to the wines that characterize them and give them a signature of their own.

Cabernet Sauvignon, also the great grape variety of the Medoc, is largely planted but on gravel soils which brings to the wines delicacy, flexibility and complexity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]