Given the opportunity to taste, learn and review a Beaujolais wine from Moulin a Vent and I snatched at it.
This would be their 2019 vintage, shared by owner/director Edouard Parinet and his father Jean-Jacques who co-runs the winery.
From the 2019 Château du Moulin-à-Vent Vintage Report
Several factors made this vintage quite unique … the harvest came very late, it was the sunniest year since 1990, and it was also the lowest yielding year since 2009. This flagship wine is produced from selections of the harvest from three top terroirs of Moulin-à-Vent, all located near the fifteenth century windmill at the heart of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation.
More on this Vintage:
- 1,784 hours of sun versus 1,459 hours in average.
- Sunniest year since 1990.
- An early morning frost on April 4 affected 40% of the vineyard.
- The wine was a late vintage, harvest started on September 11 an ended on September 18.
- 80 pickers, all by hand, 35% whole cluster.
- Juices are concentrated due to smaller berries.
- Frost and heatwaves gave them the lowest yield in the past 19 years.
- Rainfall in August allowed for maintained acidity levels.
- Wine should be balanced, full-bodied, silky, aromatic and fine.
- Fermentation ran between 15 and 30 days with the average being 20 to 25 for the domain.
- Harvest Order by terroir : La Rochelle, Les Vérillats, Les Caves (‘Grands Savarins’), Les Thorins, Champ de Cour, Clos de Londres, Moulin-à-Vent.
- Moulin-à-Vent is one the 10 Crus in Beaujolais, and one of the first AOCs.
- Moulin-à-Vent means windmill, and wind has an important impact on the fruit.
- There is age-ability to these wines, 20-30 years according to Parinet.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent Notes
Beaujolais region, Gamay grape
EB Tasting Notes: Started with noticing a dark purple color, slightly brown on the edge indicative of age – an older wine – which surprised me for a 2019 so it may more be due to it being a “late vintage” compared to other years. On the nose I got aromas of ripe blueberries, lots of both fresh and dried red berries, sweet charred steak and freshly turned earth. The taste reminded me of a smooth and silky raspberry jam, plums, with a lively acidity and very tingly long finish. Very pleasant without food before dinner.
From Beaujolias.com: Why is Moulin a Vent referred to as the king of Beaujolais?
It used to be called the Romanèche-Thorins appellation. Strangely enough, only after the appellation name changed did it become one of the few Beaujolais wines not named after a specific commune. It is the strength and power emanating from the old windmill overlooking the vineyards that earned the appellation its name.
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