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 wine is 100% Gamay from five of the best sites in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation made using vines planted mostly in the 1960s and earlier at high density (10,000 vines per hectare) with yields limited to 27hl/ha.
Hand-harvested grapes are cold-soaked for three weeks before fermentation with 20% whole bunches. Pumping over and some pigeage (foot-stomping) aid extraction and contribute roundness and finesse. 40% of the wine is aged in mostly used, medium-toast Allier and Vosges oak for 18 months. The wine is noted for smoothness and fruit-oak harmony - richness and energy.
...has a clean and precise bouquet: blackberry, hints of blueberry and a touch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is very well defined and harmonious, with the oak neatly integrated and delivering a sophisticated, lightly spiced finish... promising.
Wine Advocate, September 2017
Opaque ruby. Primary red and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose, along with a suggestion of pungent flowers. Fleshy, spice-laced blackberry and bitter cherry flavours stretch out and become sweeter with air. Rich but nicely energetic as well, finishing long, broad and juicy, featuring repeating dark fruit character and smooth, harmonious tannins that lend grip.
90 points, Vinous, December 2017
A more modern, meaty and spicy style with plush, ripe red cherries and red plums. Some roses, too. A very smooth array of tannins and plenty of freshness. Drink now or hold.
91 points, jamessuckling.com, February 2018
“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.