If Morgon is Beaujolais’ Côte Rôtie, Moulin à Vent is its Gevrey-Chambertin. While comparisons like these are fun to make, Moulin à Vent is a terroir of granite, delivering firm wines of a ferrous, meaty and darker fruited disposition than elsewhere. It is the most lauded of the region’s 10 crus, oscillating between the top position with Morgon. Suckling praises its ‘…sappy and rather mineral finish’.
This wine has density, ripe tannins and plenty of concentration from the old vines. Its impressive structure and richness are set for aging. The wine needs time and will be best from 2022.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (March 2021)
Brimming with ripe red fruit, this is a very juicy and rather generous Moulin-à-Vent with lively acidity and a long, slightly sappy and rather mineral finish. Drink or hold.
91 points, JamesSuckling.com (March 2021)
“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.
Arnaud Aucœur is the oldest family Domaine in the village of Morgon. Owner/Vignerons since 1825, the Vignoble Aucœur was established at Villié Morgon. Its Crus are planted to a dozen hectares of the most prestigious appellations of the region, including Morgon, Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent.
Production is done manually, with the traditions of the first generations of the Aucœur family being honoured. The passing down and inheritance of knowledge and experience is a fundamental value for the Aucœur family. To this end and the perpetuation of the family legacy, Arnaud Aucœur (2020 Beaujolais Winemaker of the Year, Guide Hachette) makes some of his wines, including the Moulin-à-Vent, in wooden containers. Barrels, tons and semi-casks are housed on the farm. Morgon, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, Saint-Amour, Chiroubles, Régnié, Juliénas, Chénas, Beaujolais Villages, or Beaujolais–their wines are all raised, vinified and packaged according to particular emotional and technical conditions of their Domaine. The wines are fruity and distinct, Jancis Robinson MW described the 2018 vintage of the old vine Villages as '...gorgeously voluptuous.'