Château Moya is a certified organic estate located in the Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, next to Saint Émilion in Bordeaux, France. The 20-acre property is located on a clay-limestone hill some 230 feet above the valley floor with a stunning 360-degree panoramic view. Its pristine vineyards are tended to by the same team managing Château Gaby, and between 30,000-40,000 bottles are produced annually since the first vintage in 2009.
Château Moya has been certified organic by ECOCERT since the 2013 vintage. Organic wines have become increasingly popular in Bordeaux and around the world not only for the longevity of soil and environmental factors but also for the quality of the wine. Recognizable for its opulence, finesse, and well-balanced persistence, Château Moya is one of the finest Bordeaux wines in the region.
MADE WITH ORGANIC GRAPES
Château Moya is a lovely organic Bordeaux consisting of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the nose, the wooden, toasted, and spicy notes stand out. Ripe red fruit notes are present. On the palate, it has a frank, very round onset with a beautiful evolution towards acidity. The red fruits are present throughout the tasting, and the tannins are well blended and round. An elegant and smooth wine.
Cotes de Castillon, with its rolling steep slopes of hills and valleys created by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, is one of the most recognized and fashionable appellations of Bordeaux with several prominent winemakers purchasing châteaux here. Its vineyards are located east of Saint-Émilion and south of Fronsac which proves to be advantageous as it provides excellent exposure to the sun, and the climate is slightly warmer and drier than most of Bordeaux. It is devoted solely to the production of red wine, and the dominant grape varieties planted are Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wines are known for being concentrated, fruity, and typified by strong black currant notes. They also have a good price to quality ratio and can be enjoyed young and age just as tastefully. Cotes de Castillon is also committed to environmentally-sound practices and sustains one of the highest concentration of growers using either organic, biodynamic, or self-sustaining farming techniques.
Where battlefields once roared, vineyards now thrive. Cotes de Castillon is steeped in history and was actually named after the last battle ‘Castillon la Bataille’ that ended the Hundred Years’ War in 1453 between England and France. Roman ruins, old churches, and stunning châteaux provide a colorful glimpse into the region’s rich past.
A native of the historic town of Saintes, just north of Bordeaux, Damien Landouar is the winemaker and estate manager for Chateau Moya. For more than two decades, Damien has dedicated his career to winemaking in the Bordeaux region. Damien has a degree in agronomy and completed post-graduate studies at Vayres Rural Institute to expand his knowledge of winegrowing, oenology and the wine trade. In addition to his work with the Chateau Moya estate, Damien also manages three other estates for owner Tom Sullivan including Chateau Auguste in Entre-deux-Mers; Chateau Gaby, a Canon-Fronsac estate; and Chateau du Parc, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.