Tag: Moulin a Vent
Le Seigneur des Beaujolais (the King of Beaujolais).
There is in fact no commune or village called Moulin-à-Vent. Wines bearing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation (created in 1936) come from the commune of Romanèche-Thorins (334 hectares), and also from around Chénas (312 hectares). The name Moulin-à-Vent comes from on old windmill standing to the northwest of Romanèche-Thorins, now preserved as the last remaining specimen in the Beaujolais. This was until recently sail-less, and will be seen as such on many wine labels, reproductions of old postcards, and in old photographs lining the walls in bars and restaurants, but has now been restored.
Moulin-à-Vent wines are perhaps the most Burgundian of all the Beaujolais Crus; they are robust, with much tannin, and are the most full-bodied (and usually the most expensive) Beaujolais wines. In a serial Beaujolais-tasting, Moulin-à-Vent will normally be served last. In its youth it is a vivid ruby-red, with fine bouquet, though Moulin-à-Vent ages well by Beaujolais standards, and as it does so loses some of the fruity-freshness typical of Beaujolais, and acquires more Pinot-like characteristics. Our range includes a couple of young ones which are quite drinkable now, and some mature specimens for those who prefer not to wait.