93+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Derived from decomposed granitic soils behind the cemetery of Romanèche, Rottiers's 2020 Moulin-à-Vent Dernier Souffle bursts with scents of sweet berries, cherries, kirsch, spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, lively and tensile despite the warmth of the vintage, it's concentrated and precise, concluding with a long, saline finish.
One of the region's most dedicated organic farmers, Richard Rottiers has turned in a fine performance in 2020, the latest in a string of high-quality vintages for this emerging Moulin-à-Vent benchmark. At this address, semi-carbonic maceration is followed by élevage in foudre and barrel, depending on the cuvée. Everything reviewed here comes warmly recommended once again.
The morbidly titled 2020 Moulin-à-Vent Dernier Souffle comes from close to the cemetery on granite soils. Very perfumed on the nose, where the black fruit is laced with shucked oyster shells and hints of the sea. The silky-smooth palate is very well balanced, the used oak neatly interwoven, with dark cherries and blueberry toward the finish, and citrus notes on the aftertaste. Best After 2022
The vineyards where the appellation Moulin a Vent “Dernier Souffle” (“Last Breath”) is grown are located right next to the cemetery, in Romaneche-thorins. The plants are 60 years old and are hand harvested only. The terroir is mainly composed of granitic rocks. The wine is well structured and the winamaker always strives for a perfect balance between fruit and tannins. It is aged eight months in French oak barrels.