In a nutshell:
A velvety and silky southern Rhône blend from just across the river to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
While certainly not as well known as its neighbour Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which it faces on the opposite side of the River Rhône, the wines that come from here have a lot in common, but at much more accessible prices. Moulin des Chênes is actually made under the auspices of Laurent and Julien Bréchet of Château de Vaudieu after they acquired some Lirac vineyards. The 2016 blend comprises 37% Cinsault, 36% Syrah with the balance being made up of Grenache and Mourvèdre and after fermentation the wine was aged in concrete vats for 10 months prior to bottling. On the nose it's got aromas of strawberries and blackberries which is followed by rich black fruits, subtle oak spice, pepper, clove, cedar, liquorice, and fresh herbs on the palate. Well supported by smooth tannins, it's velvety and silky and with a fresh acidity it leads to a nicely mouthwatering finish.
When to drink:
Everything you'd hope for from a good Southern Rhône red, pair it with things like beef, duck and other rich feathered game.
Suitable for Vegans