Moulin-à-Vent Vielles Vignes (X. & N. Barbet)
In 2006, Xavier and his brother Nicolas purchased prestigious vineyards in “Champ de Cour”, “les Perelles” and “Bruyères des Thorins”. These “climats” are located near the windmill and the old manganese mines. Manganese is very peculiar to this terroir, and it gives the wine its colour, density and particular minerality.
The vines are more than 50 years old and they benefit from a south-east exposure. To extract the best of this special terroir they use traditional cultivating practices. Working and tilling the soil to develop the biodiversity, growing grass on some plots, and having a strict control of the yields are factors that have allowed the production of high quality grapes. Additionally, there is no use of herbicides or insecticides.
Following the Burgundian way, the grapes are destemmed before being put into vats. It is followed by a cold maceration that lasts five days and just after the fermentation starts naturally at a low temperature. The fermentation is long (20 to 25 days), optimizing the extraction of color and tannins.
Moulin à Vent is known for its power, structure and longevity, the antithesis of what most people think of when they think of Beaujolais. We are lucky that the Barbet's like to hold onto this wine and release it when it's just beginning to open up. It's made in open top, oak tronconical (tronconique) vats and it's aged in barrels and large foudres for a year. Beautiful aromatics with notes of violets, juicy cherry and supple tannins with structure.