Moulin Riche is a separate château with distinct plots that is owned and run by the Cuvelier family of Léoville Poyferré - it has distinct vineyards and is not a second wine. In fact, the property now has its own second wine - M de Moulin Riche. Comprising 20 hectares in a single block next to Talbot, the plantings are a majority Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing a deep ruby colour in the glass, the nose is ripe and full here - cassis, damsons and incense come together with touches of graphite and sweet spice. The palate follows in the same, seductive vein. Unlike many 2016s, the core of opulent fruit offers an air of approachability. The tannins are soft, ripe and succulent, melting into the fruit. The layers of sweet spice and charred wood are measured but present in an identifiably Cuvelier style. Long, rounded and ripe to the finish, this can be enjoyed now - especially with food - but should drink well for over a decade as the fruit loses its puppy fat and turns savoury.
This shows focus and precision with currant, dark-berry and basil-leaf character on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, tight and precise. Try after 2022.
From the team at Léoville Poyferré, the 2016 Château Moulin Riche checks in as 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, all from a terroir slightly more inland with more clay soils. Aged 20 months in 25% new French oak, it’s a medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy effort that has powerful notes of cassis, blackcurrants, graphite, and dried soil, with maybe a hint of tobacco. With bright yet integrated acidity, beautiful fruit, and building tannins, it’s a terrific, impeccably made wine to enjoy over the coming 20+ years. 2019 - 2039