Moulin Touchais, Est. 1787, may possibly have the largest collection of vintage wines in the world; holding 2 million bottles dating back to the mid-19th century. With 15kms of underground tunnels in the Coteaux du Layon, they keep each vintage for 10 years before release. These long-ageing late harvest Chenin Blancs from schistous soils really need 2 decades to show their best and, remarkably, are guaranteed a century of life…
We offer 5 decades of Moulin Touchais, dating back to 1968, direct from their cellar.
Picked at various stages, the wines show wonderful freshness and purity with around 80g/l sugar. Although present in the benchmark 1997, there is generally no botrytis. With age the wines show more tertiary complexity and depth along with a sense of dryness.
These vintages are all ready to drink but will keep, of course: 2000, 1996, 1987, 1979 and 1968.
2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1997, 1985 and 1975 are regarded as benchmark vintages and will improve for many decades to come.
This is a PRE-SHIPMENT offer, landing in May 2017, saving you 15-20% on the retail price.
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Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 2005 – R 525
Ripe and unctuous in feel, featuring creamed peach, mango and guava notes gliding throughout. Stays bright and defined thanks to well-inlaid chamomile and salted butter accents. There’s a flattering feel through the finish, with a light marzipan hint starting to creep in. This is just beginning to open up and should cruise for quite some time. Drink now through 2040. – Wine Spectator 94/100
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 2003 – R 475
A bigger and bolder style of fruit here, the wine clearly very young and full of lush, opulent fruit character. The fruit has a sweet, slightly high-toned character too. It is very much a wine of the vintage. There is also a faint suggestion of biscuit caramel coming in although it is subtle. The palate is immediately flattering, with that very fine and fat character coming through in the start and midpalate. An opulent and broad style, very concentrated, with honeyed, sugar-rich fruit. Touches of brioche, toast and honey here too. Long and sweet, with a concentrated finish. Very good indeed. – Wine Doctor 17/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 2002 – R 450
Sweeter fruit here than the other recent vintages, in a more concentrated and slightly more honeyed style. A more pure and precise character to the fruit on the nose though, the yellow-golden and gently sweet fruit showing a defining, slightly stony backbone and frame, and yet there are also notes of honey, beeswax and gentle minerality. The palate has a firmly mineral style, but good generosity. Supple, grainy, fresh and stylish. Lots of substance coming up from underneath. Good concentration. A fresh and stylish wine with great potential. Typical of the vintage. – Wine Doctor 17.5/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 2000 – R 450
A pretty, honey, grainy, oatmealy character on the nose here. There are some minerally sulphur dioxide scents here as well. The fruit on the nose has a polished character, yellow and freshly sweet, with yellow plum. A fresh and supple style on the palate, showing richness of fruit, gentle yet honeyed. Quite a firm undertow to it, supple, gentle, appealing, with confident grainy fruit. A nice acid backbone. Fairly long. – Wine Doctor 15.5/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 1997 – R 595
Shows the power and depth of this great vintage, with a core of still-youthful mango, guava and creamed peach flavours streaming along, backed by light heather, honeysuckle and quince notes. The long finish is creamy and pure, displaying a lovely lining of brioche and lemon curd. Drink now through 2037. – Wine Spectator 95/100
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 1996 – R 475
A moderate depth of colour here, and the nose is evolving nicely, with sweetly polished fruits which have a very faint hint of desiccation to them, and a honey-chalky minerality. The palate has a light-footed elegance at the very start, and then it shows a gentle, more relaxed character going through into the middle of the wine. Here it shows good energy and form, with a vibrant grip to it, but perhaps not the sweetness or substance I was expecting for this vintage. An appealing style though, a very good wine albeit in a lighter-than-expected style… – Wine Doctor 17/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 1985 – R 575
There is a very relaxed sweetness here, with some suggestions of honey on buttered toast, although it is the toast and butter that is more prominent than the honey, with suggestions of ginger and toasty nuts notes in tandem with this. There is a touch of apple spirit here too. I also find a little seam of high-toned volatility to it, hiding behind the other aromas. Great substance on the palate, rather fat and more ponderous than the 1986 and 1988 tasted alongside. This is a more corpulent wine, although with a nice smoky energy coming in. Some botrytis here, cut through with a fine energy towards the end. Very big and impressive. Another long ager here. – Wine Doctor 17/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 1979 – R 495
Very clean, light, lemon toffee notes here on the nose. There are also, as it opens up, caramel biscuit nuances, with faint orange scents, all suggestive of some role for botrytis here. It is clean but restrained. The palate shows a similarly clean character at first, before showing a light substance through the middle, less impressive than hoped for. The finish is rather subdued, and gently fades. This is attractive and it will probably keep going for decades… – Wine Doctor 16/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 1975 – R 865
I find a stony-bright character to the fruit here. This seems at first to be going back to the very old-school style, with a brown-sugar sweetness on the nose, over some lightly high-toned orange fruit. There is a very fat but lightly detached feel to it in the palate, in keeping with this old-school style, although the acidity is not. There is a firm acid cut here, calling to mid limes rubbed over crumbly rocks. I think although the fruit sweetness has a slightly obvious character the substance of the wine is very admirable, and the acidity that comes through underneath is vibrant and fairly exciting. Overall, this is really delicious. – Wine Doctor 17.5/20
Moulin Touchais, Coteaux du Layon 1968 – R 1,350
Deep gold, almost amber in colour. Initially quite closed but opens up with a few minutes in the glass. Beautiful mature Chenin nose, classic Loire notes of wet wool and lanolin. Lovely fresh, orange, marmalade and caramel on the palate. Beautiful texture. Long dry, spicy finish. Delicious!