What WEA say?
From a Chablis family (Domaine des Malandes), Rottiers started in 2007, taking on the vines from a vigneron who was retiring – 3 ha of 40-80-year-old vines, all in Moulin à Vent. Richard had previously worked in Beaujolais at Château Thivin, but also in Chablis, Gaillac, South Africa, New Zealand and the Luberon. No surprise that he speaks great English!
“What can I say that I have not written in previous reports – Rottiers makes wonderful, life-enhancing, exuberant Beaujolais that simultaneously express their respective terroirs.”
– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.
Since then, he has increased the vineyards he works on to, well a still paltry 5 ha. Conversion to organic began in 2012 and the Domaine has been certified since 2015. For the vintage 2015, the wines are dense but has the structure and acidity to age a long time. This vintage is truly a test of the winemaker’s skills and we were very pleased to taste these gorgeous wines.
At the moment, the Domaine makes four separate cuvees. Firstly, the Beaujolais-Villages. Next, the basic Moulin-a-Vent. This is approachable young. Then, the Dernier Souffle. Lastly 0.8ha of Champ de Cour – best lieux-dit in the village. The village of Moulin-a-Vent (and Morgon) are widely recognized as the most age-worthy villages in Beaujolais and truly the wines here reflect that.