The name of Château Moulin de la Rose is probably partially linked for the « Moulin » part to the presence of an old mill which was located on the site of the current estate. The other part « de la Rose » seems to originate from the name of the Knight Larose who was owner in the 18th century of the neighboring Grand Cru Classé, the Chateau Gruaud Larose.
It was in 1971 that Guy Delon became the owner of Château Moulin de la Rose. Today, her fate is in the hands of her children Jean-François and Guylène. He is responsible for the technical part and she takes care of all the administrative part. This great family complementarity allows to obtain an optimal management efficiency. Like almost all the producers of the exceptional A.O.C Saint-Julien, Château Moulin de la Rose has been able to pass on and remain a family property that projects into the future. This requires investments, but also, as very recently, by significantly increasing the area with very well located and aged vines that blend perfectly with the rest of the vineyard.
Throughout the year, Jean-François Delon makes every effort to make the most of his terroir. The vines and the soil are worked with great care in daily monitoring. Like most of the Crus-Classes in the appellation, the density of planting is high (9000 vines/ha). Everything that is undertaken in the vineyard is the result of a global vision aimed at producing a wine of high quality allowing to exploit the excellent potential of its terroir. As is the tradition of the Grands-Crus of Bordeaux, each vintage is harvested entirely by hand.
Perfectly adapted to the area of the property, the vat room is made up of 5 thermo-regulated stainless steel vats which allow the harvest to be accommodated and the vinification temperature to be controlled with great precision in order to highlight the fruit. The fermentation time of approximately 3 weeks can vary depending on the evolution of the tannins and the typicality of the vintage.
In order to best respect the wine resulting from precision work throughout the year on an exceptional terroir, Jean-François Delon has, like all Grand-Cru de Bordeaux, chosen a breeding traditional for 20 months in French oak barrels renewed by thirds.