Moulin-à-Vent

2018
France
Beaujolais

100% Gamay. The cru of Moulin-à-Vent is generally considered the source of the potentially longest-lived, most structured Beaujolais. Here Jean-Paul farms 4 hectares of 30-to-45-year-old vines whose roots break through the compact, old granite rock underlying the sandy granite topsoils. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian. The grapes are rigorously sorted and destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts and no sulfur. Maceration lasts up to 6 weeks, the longest of all of the wines (along with the Grille Midi Fleurie). The Moulin-à-Vent is the only one to be aged in oak (old, small barrels), for up to 10 months. Bottled with a light filtration and a small amount of sulfur.

92 points
"The 2018 Moulin-à-Vent from Domaine des Terres Dorées is another ripe, complex and very classy example of the vintage from Jean-Paul Brun. The bouquet offers up a complex combination of red and black cherries, cassis, dark soil tones, a touch of coffee grounds, roasted meats, bonfire and a bit of chicory in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and quite soil-driven in personality, with broad shoulders, fine focus and grip and a long, ripely tannic and complex finish. This seems likely to become autumnal in personality fairly quickly in this vintage, but should age long and gracefully at the same time. 2022-2050. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0309-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay
Farming Type: 
Sustainable