Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes (Loron)

2017
France
Beaujolais

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’. 

93+ points
"The 2017 Moulin-à-Vent “Vieilles Vignes” bottling from Xavier and Nicolas Barbet is a superb wine in the making. It is deep, pure, nascently complex and beautifully structured for the long haul. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a vibrant blend of sweet cassis, blackberries, gamebird, espresso, dark soil tones, a bit of sweet stem tones, a dollop of fresh thyme and a top note of bonfire. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and ripely tannic, with a superb core of pure black fruit, excellent soil signature and impeccable focus on the long, well-balanced and gently chewy finish. This is a long-distance runner in the making and a classic Moulin-à Vent that will want a bit of bottle age to start to drink with generosity. In due course, it will be outstanding. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
August 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB7717-17
Product Line: 
National Portfolio
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay
Farming Type: 
Sustainable