Bordeaux – France
Moulis is a small village in the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux in south-western France. It gives its name to the Moulis appellation, which covers red wines produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carmenere, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
To qualify for the AOC Moulis title, wines must be made from grapes grown in specific plots in the parishes of Arcins, Avensan, Castelnau, Cussac, Lamarque and Listrac. These grapes must come from vineyards with planting densities of between 6500 and 10,000 plants per hectare (2631–4048 per acre), carefully controlled with specified vine-management techniques. The yield must not exceed 45hL per hectare and the resulting wines must reach a minimum alcohol level of 10.5%.
The soils around Moulis do not benefit from the large proportions of gravel found in Margaux or Graves, but that which does exist is mixed with clay and limestone, allowing for the production of some high-quality wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular, responds well to the free-draining qualities of gravel soils and produces some well-respected wine in Moulis.