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.
The 2018 Moulin-à-Vent is a sumptuous, wonderfully expressive wine. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, licorice and spice all flesh out in a racy Beaujolais endowed with terrific richness. The 2018 can be enjoyed now, but it also has the richness to age gracefully in the cellar for years to come. Readers who enjoy wines with more complexity will certainly want to wait a bit. The 30% whole clusters are not especially evident.
94 points, Vinous (September 2020)
A selection from the three top vineyards in the estate, this wine is rich and still young. Serious tannins give the wine structure. Partial oak aging adds richness and spice, improving the potential for aging. Drink from 2022.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (March 2022)
Smooth tannins encase cherry and licorice-infused raspberry flavors in this light-to-medium bodied red, with accents of rose petal, blood orange and cedar lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2029.
91 points, Wine Spectator
Intense dark fruit on the nose and palate with focused acidity and fine-grained tannins. Elegant and without any rusticity this is a fine Moulin-à-Vent which will drink well over the next 3-5 years.
90 points, Andy Howard MW, Decanter (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.