Médoc ‘Château Clair Moulin’
Château Clair Moulin is owned by Xavier Berrouet who produces a very traditional Medoc wine. His wines remain youthful for around five years and then start to mature.
Clair Moulin is located in Saint-Yzans-de-Mèdoc, north of Saint-Estèphe. Its clay and limestone vineyards are planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
A Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot blend; soft and well balanced wine with aromas of red fruits, cedar wood, and vanilla; layers of fruit on the palate are rounded off by silky, already integrated, tannins.
About the Producer
In 1989 Xavier Berrouet was involved in the creation of the Syndicate of Crus Artisans of Médoc. The idea was to bring together small farms (9.5ha on average), often family-run, where the winegrower oversees the entire production chain for wines and offering good value for money under the classification “Cru Artisan”.
In the 19th century in Médoc below the prestigious Crus Classés there was a distinction between “Crus Bourgeois”, “Crus Artisans” and “Crus Paysans”(peasantry) – traditional references that made mention of the social status of the owner of the vineyard. Since then, whilst the Crus Bourgeois have achieved a following based on reliable quality at accessible prices, the Crus Artisans now remain unknown or unrecognised.
The Syndicate now selects through blind tastings, up to 50 estates each vintage to carry the name the name “Cru Artisan”. “It is a wine that guarantees a total investment of the farmers, from the vine to the sale”, explains Xavier and his wife Sylvie. “There is a real quest for homogeneity in quality in order to present consumers with very good value for money. These are farms on a human scale, which are demanding, rigorous, and which have many stories to tell “.