Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent dates back to 1732 and gave its name to the appellation when it was created in 1936. The estate has 37 hectares of vines across the appellation’s finest terroirs on mostly granitic soils rich in iron oxide, copper and manganese. This is the entry-level wine, 100% Gamay from three sites on the eastern slope below the windmill that gives the appellation its name.
The vineyards were planted in the 1980s at a high density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Yield is modest, at an average of 30hl/ha. Hand-harvested grapes are cold-soaked and fermented with 20% whole bunches. The wine is bottled after 10 months in stainless steel tanks and is noted for its roundness, medium body and early-drinking appeal.
This wine that comes from three different parcels has an open style, ripe with berries and rich flavours. The style is rich and concentrated, with a solid core of tannins. This wine could well age, and it will be best from 2019.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018
Fresh raspberry, blood orange and potpourri scents are complemented by white pepper and smoky mineral nuances. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red berry and peppery spice flavours and a hint of candied lavender. Shows very good energy and definition on the subtly tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, tangy persistence. This is a pretty, graceful, even delicate wine for its appellation. Drink to 2026.
91 points, Vinous, March 2018
Bright and attractive strawberries on the nose. Has a very smooth, red cherry and raspberry core, as well as cassis and licorice. Very soft and approachable.
90 points, jamessuckling.com, February 2018
Notes of pomegranate, raspberry and plum introduce the 2016 Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins, a medium-bodied, open-knit and mouthwateringly saline wine with tangy acids, fine tannins and an open-knit, rounded profile. Matured almost entirely in tank and consequently unmarked by the oak influence that inflects the domaine's grander bottlings, its purity and transparency are very appealing.
90 points, Wine Advocate, September 2018
This is light-bodied but backed by focused acidity and streamlined flavors of pure cherry and raspberry that are tangy and spicy, flanked by white pepper, tea and herb details.
90 points, Gillian Sciaretta, Wine Spectator (November 2019)
“Today, after a period of being the pariahs of the wine world, they are once again worthy objects of interest for serious wine lovers. This is all due to the magic combination of the Gamay grape and the particular characteristics of the best villages in the region, including the famous ‘crus’ Beaujolais.” Jancis Robinson MW
The most full bodied and powerful wines in Beaujolais, the region can also create the longest-lasting examples. Because of their richness and structure the wine can support the use of oak which adds more tannin and structure to the wines. The term, “Vieillie en fût de chêne', generally indicated this practice… and price point.