One of the great delights we discovered while in Burgundy last year was Château du Moulin-à-Vent. Beaujolais is going through something of a renaissance in the last decade or so with small domaines aiming for exceptional quality and age worthy wines. It’s been a tough job getting the message across. So successful was the earlier marketing effort of this region to associate the name with fresh young cheerfully fruity wine for immediate consumption (Beaujolais Nouveau) that this is what comes to mind for many people when Beaujolais is mentioned.
But the Gamay red wines made in the best villages of the region - so–called ‘Cru Beaujolais’ – are more serious, complex, and age worthy, none more so than Moulin-à-Vent.
At its heart is the Château du Moulin-à-Vent, established 1732, with its collection of prized vineyards, which since 2009 has been owned by Jean-Jacques Parinet. Significant upgrades to viticultural practices and vinification have been made. This estate, already since the 2009 vintage, has caught the attention of Allen Meadows (Burghound), and David Schildknecht (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate).
We were sufficiently taken by the quality of the bottles we tasted to ask to import them to Hong Kong. The offering below is brought by us direct from Château du Moulin-à-Vent.