Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes (Loron)


Known locally as the ‘King of Beaujolais’ for its power, structure and longevity, Moulin-à-Vent is actually atypical of the Beaujolais Crus; its style is the antithesis of what most people think of when they think of Beaujolais wines, and when fully mature (often at 10 years old or more) it resembles more a fine Burgundy, or even a Rhône, than Beaujolais. Named after the local windmill (which translates as moulin-à-vent in French,) Moulin-à-Vent is a real vindication of the principle of ‘terroir’. 

91+ points
"...a very good example of this ripe vintage, with the wine coming in listed at 13.5 percent octane. The last time I tasted this was at the domaine in March of 2018, where it stuck out a bit in a lineup of primarily 2016s, but it is aging very nicely and I like it even a bit more today than I did fifteen months ago. The nose still shows the ripeness of the torrid summer of 2015, offering up scents of black cherries, blackberries, a touch of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, hung game, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a nice touch of violets in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with good focus and grip, a touch of back end tannin and a long, complex and quite tasty finish. I mentioned in the last report that this is not quite as transparent an example as is customary for this bottling, and this remains the case, but it has impressive depth and complexity and has a lot going for it, despite it being clearly a child of the torrid summer of 2015. 2019-2045"
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, July 2019
93 points
"Opaque bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black raspberry, cherry and floral oil aromas show very good clarity and a spicy touch of white pepper. Chewy and expansive in the mouth, offering gently sweet dark berry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors that pick up a hint of smokiness with air. Dusty tannins build slowly through the long, smoky finish, where the cherry and floral notes repeat."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, October 2019

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