Moulin-à-Vent appellation: character and power!

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Unlike other appellations, don’t try looking for a place called “Moulin à Vent” on the map because you won’t find it! The vineyards that produce this appellation are in the villages of Romanèche-Thorins and Chénas. So, where does the name come from?

Let’s look back at the history of Moulin-à-Vent wines, a rather special Beaujolais cru.

A famous appellation

Moulin-à-Vent wines haven’t always been marketed under this name. They used to be called Romanèche-Thorins. After the name of the appellation was changed it became one of the few Beaujolais wines that is not named after a specific municipality.

It is the force and power emanating from the old Moulin (windmill) above the vineyards that gave it this name. This impressive 15th century building immediately sets the tone for the robust character of the wines over which it stands guard...

Today, 300 winegrowers work to cultivate this well-structured wine, one of the best known of the Beaujolais wines alongside Morgon. The vineyards cover around 620 hectares and produce over 29,000 hectoliters per year of this outstanding cellaring wine, which tends to be drunk on special occasions.

 

The Lord of Beaujolais

Moulin-à-Vent is nicknamed “The Lord of Beaujolais” because of its distinguished bouquet. It cellaring potential varies depending on the estate, but certain crus can be kept for over ten years. During that time, it slowly develops and releases its black-fruit, spicy and floral aromas.

Its intensity is drawn directly from the pink granite soil where the vines grow. The vine stock obtain their nutrients from the manganese in the soil and this helps produce the tasty grapes. Moulin-à-Vent wines end up with a magnificent cherry-red robe. A color that fully demonstrates the ability of this prestigious Beaujolais cru to, as the French say, “pinoter” with age. It’s a very specific term used to refer to wines that slowly develop a bouquet similar to Pinot Noir, known for its intense ripe fruit notes.

 

A wine to accompany your special occasions

There’s nothing like celebrating an important event with an excellent bottle of Moulin-à-Vent! Given the well-structured character of this prestigious Beaujolais cru, it is recommended as an accompaniment for sophisticated dishes.

The full-bodied, fleshy Moulin-à-Vent wines go beautifully with rabbit in mustard sauce, veal kidneys or stuffed turkey. Vegetable lovers will enjoy them with eggplant lasagna, gratin, bake or fritters, dishes that go extremely well with the distinguished structure of a well-aged Moulin-à-Vent.

 

Moulin-à-Vent wines are for palates that appreciate tannic crus that have softened over time. They are great wines to store in your cellar for ten years or more and then bring out for a social occasion. At Christmas, New Year or any special occasion, this prestigious Beaujolais cru will add that special extra something as you raise your glass!

Incentives

See on Beaujolais.com : the video about the AOC Moulin-à-Vent.

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