"The single climat bottling of Moulin-à-Vent “Champ de Cour” from Xavier and Nicolas Barbet is their reserve cuvée from this appellation, with the wine spending a month on its fine lees after fermentation prior to racking into older Burgundy barrels for its elevage. The 2013 Champ de Cour is a stellar example of Moulin-à-Vent, offering up a pure and classic bouquet of cassis, sweet dark berries, woodsmoke, dark soil tones, a touch of chicory, roasted gamebird and a topnote of anise. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and still youthfully chewy, with excellent balance and grip, youthful complexity and outstanding length and grip on the still fairly primary finish. I love the backend energy and lift here, but this is still a young wine and deserves more time in the cellar to more fully blossom. It is going to be outstanding! There is just a bit of backend influence from the older casks here, which just adds to the structural chassis for the long haul, and I have little doubt that fifty years down the road this is still going to be drinking brilliantly! 2022-2060+"
View From the Cellar
, July 2019