The Montravel AOC
comes from an exceptional terroir
, recognized since the creation of the first AOCs in 1936.
The hills which cover most of the Montravel AOC terroir are the extension to the east of those of Saint-Emilion and the Côtes de Castillon. To the west, they mark the start of the Bergerac vineyards. These, the first foothills of the Perigord Pourpre area, also mark a boundary between an oceanic and a continental climate. It is here, in Montravel, where the Mascaret, the tidal bore that sweeps up the Dordogne River with each ocean tide, breaks up.
The clay-limestone slopes of Montravel extend over nearly 2,000 hectares and are very suitable for red grape varieties. The Merlot, which dominates in these clay soils, the Cabernet Franc, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Malbec, planted at high density (minimum 5,000 vines / hectare), express all the complexity of this great terroir within the blends they create. Montravel obtained AOC status for its red wine with the 2001 vintage. This, the first AOC of the 21st century, sets an example in terms of its rigorous production specifications and its clear "terroir" positioning. It is also unique in terms of the official approval process for its wines, as it is the first French AOC still wine to be tasted for approval of each vintage, after it has gone into bottle. This pioneering method is the consumer’s guarantee of perfect traceability and places the Montravel AOC among the top AOCs in terms of excellence.
The colour of Montravel red wine is strong and very deep. On the nose, very subtle toasted notes of black fruit become truffle and undergrowth notes over time. On the palate, the wine is both powerful and elegant, showing very ripe tannins and remarkable finesse. Montravel red wine can be enjoyed when young when it is still fresh and fruity, but it can also bear several years of cellar-ageing after which it shows great class and elegance. The wine produced by Château Moulin Caresse is an excellent example of the latter.