One of the most exciting wine developments for fans of the Barton wine dynasty, this 15th-century property produces wonderfully deep, balanced and clear wines that seriously over-deliver at the price point.
Still just about in their first decade of ownership, the property has become really well-loved and respected, not just because of the expectation (or assumption) that the Barton's will turn it to gold, but because it was already an excellent Chateau: they would surely only make it better... and they have!
This 2014 vintage is drinking beautifully now, slightly more concentrated than the 2012 that we had had recently because the vines are older and the Barton's had had more time to get the wine into shape! It's very exciting to be honest. The wine shows developing spice flavours, but still has a great core of blackcurrant and bramble fruits that are enhanced by notes of leather and cedar. Maturing Bordeaux like this doesn't come around that often and when it does, we normally pay far more for the privilege than the lowly price-tag here.
Moulis is one of the two districts situated between St Julien and Margaux with something of an overlooked, poor-cousin feel to it. Unjustified as that may be, there were raised eyebrows when the Barton family bought this property.
But seeing its wonderful potential and applying their superbly experienced skill to the vineyards and winery, they have turned really great wines into fantastic wines.
This is still a bargain and won't be available for very much longer...
Grape(s): Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Structured, Smooth, Silky, Round, Profound, Medium Bodied, Meditation, Iconic, Fleshy, Engaging, Elegant, Dry, Dark, Complex, Balanced
Best food matches: Wild Boar, Venison, Steak, St Stephen's Day, Soft Cheeses, Sausages, Roasts, Red Meats, Poultry, Pork, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Grills, Game, Fine Dining, Duck, Christmas Dinner, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Beef