A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Moulin Saint-Georges is a little closed to begin, sporting subtle notes of baked cherries, mulberries and fresh plums with touches of cedar chest, pencil shavings and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the oak is a tad apparent at this youthful stage, lending a chewy nature to the texture yet with a great intensity of vibrant, youthful fruit to match, finishing with plenty of red fruit sparks. Drink 2020-2034.
|Score: 93+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018|
Named after the lieu-dit, the 2016 Château Moulin Saint-Georges is made by the Ausone team, and their 2016 is a brilliant bottle of wine based on 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Loaded with notions of smoky black fruits, tobacco leaf, cassis, and gravelly, earthy minerality, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has ripe tannins, impeccable balance, and a blockbuster finish. Give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 15+. Drink 2019-2034.
|Score: 94||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019|
The 2016 Moulin Saint-Georges has a beguiling, pure black cherry and bilberry bouquet that develops subtle pressed iris scents with time. The oak (85% new) is very well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and vanilla-y red berry fruits that gently grip the palate, leading to an almost candied finish. This feels long and tender, maybe without the grip of its Vauthier stablemate Haut-Simard, but with very good length. Superb. Drink 2022-2040
|Score: 92+||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Moulin St Georges is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked from 11-15 October and matured in 85% new oak. This has a slightly lighter and airy bouquet than the Haut Simard, perhaps a touch of more austere compared to the 2015 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin that belie the structure underneath. There is just a touch of tightness here, expected at this nascent juncture, quite linear towards the finish, yet there is good persistence here. On par with the 2015 for sure, although we have to wait and see whether it will be better.
Drink Date 2021 - 2038
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
A deep and pretty wine with lovely texture and fruit. Medium body, fine tannins and a savory finish. Delicate.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2017|
The 2016 Moulin Saint-Georges is a soft, supple Saint Émilion that will drink well pretty much upon release. Understated and gracious, the 2016 offers lovely purity from start to finish. Sweet floral notes add striking aromatic lift to a wine that is built on length and persistence as opposed to size. Even at this early stage, Moulin Saint-Georges is absolutely delicious.
|Score: 88/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Some richness of fruit - and lots of sweetness - with a tightness on the end.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This 7 hectare vineyard in the heart of Saint Emilion adjoins Ausone and has the same owner and winemaker. The Vauthier family have owned it since 1921. Around 2500 cases are produced annually. 22,000 bottles produced in 2016, with 85% new oak and 80% Merlot in the blend (the remainder Cabernet Franc). Very attractive, toasty nose here with hints of graphite and blueberry. Coffee, kirsch and damson on the nose make for a ripe core, but the hints of graphite and layered, polished tannins bring the restraint. A superbly balanced, plush and approachable wine on great form this year.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The nose is firm the start of the palate fresh with a mix of black fruits. There is mid sweetness the richer fruit backed by firm tannins but it opens up at the back with more depth of flavour on the finish. 2024-35
|Score: 87/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
The best of the “lesser” wines in the Ausone stable in 2016, partly because it is more sensitively oaked, this is fine, floral and comparatively forward in style, with red berry fruit, notes of tobacco and baking spices and a fresh, elegant finish. 2020-28
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
This is utterly gorgeous as ever, and it must be one of the most consistent deliveries out of the big names on the right bank, showing lively, fresh and juicy black fruits. Maybe a little soft on the finish, but hard not to love this. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc in the blend, with a yield of 30hl/ha, naturally low due to mildew. Drinking Window 2025-2045
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|