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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

A small harvest because of hail has produced this richly concentrated wine. Dense tannins and impressive black fruits are layered with acidity and a tensely structured character. The wine should be aged further to reveal its full panoply of flavors. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, September 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Croix des Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
92 Points

This dense, smoothly textured, single-vineyard wine is packed with tannins as well as concentrated blackberry fruits. Its richness, allied to ripeness, comes with a juicy aftertaste. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, September 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Lightish crimson with soft ruby rim. Even though the percentage of whole bunches is very small, there is an attractive stemmy/herbal freshness to this lifted and aromatic wine. The fruit is definitely in the red spectrum, but tangy and fresh like raspberry and cranberry not sweet like strawberry, or perhaps a hint of wild strawberry as it opens, and rock-dust quality that I associate with granite soils. This is delicate and precise, beautifully scented, suggesting a wine made with the fingertips, which was necessary in 2017...

Julia Harding MW, April 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Mid crimson, a little darker than the 2017, and a little darker fruited and opens up in the glass to a darker and more peppery scent, more peony, a little bit like northern Rhône Syrah, as Édouard Parinet points out – and I agree. This has the classic savoury character of Moulin-à-Vent and still the fragrance of thoughtfully made Gamay on granite, a gently dark-earthed aroma. Makes me think of clean, dark friable earth. Dry, elegant and beautifully balanced. Elegant length and dry finely textured finish even though it is still pretty youthful.

Julia Harding MW, April 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

JancisRobinson.com
17+ Points

A bigger and more powerful wine from a hotter vintage, which shows in the deeper colour. Much darker in colour than the 2016 and much much darker than the 2017. There’s also a sweetness of spicy black fruit, blackberry and damson, which points to a hotter year and perhaps also some new oak. As it opens up on the day after opening, the scent of the 2016 and 2017 starts to appear though without the floral notes. Also that stone-dust character. On the palate, this is firm, beautifully dry and it’s the tannins that, combined with remarkably good acidity, give the freshness on the long finish. Dry

Julia Harding MW, April 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

The Wine Advocate
91 Points

There are some 2,000 bottles of the 2017 Moulin-à-Vent Champ de Cour, one of the lieux-dits that was least impacted by the year's hail storms. Revealing aromas of cherries, dark berry fruit, candied peel and vanilla pod, it's full-bodied, layered and chewy, with firm tannins and an oak-inflected finish. There's clearly serious raw material here and thoughtful vilification, too, but I can't help feeling that the wine's fruit is somewhat surpassed on the palate by the supplemental oak phenolics. In short, the question is whether this Moulin-à-Vent will ever become truly charming? My score gives

William Kelley, August 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
16.5+ Points

Mid crimson. Bottled. This was the only cuvée they were able to make in 2017 because of the hail. Red fruit but a little darker than the château blend. A little more spicy. Concentrated fruit on the mid palate, very good depth and intensity and the oak spice just hinted at. Really long and with freshness to the finish. Needs time.

Julia Harding MW, January 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

Wine & Spirits
93 Points

This 7.9-acre parcel faces east on a slope of colluvial deposits from the hills above, the vines growing in granitic sand over clay, producing thick-skinned grapes with relatively high acidity. One-third of this lot aged in barrel, the rest in stainless steel, coming together in an elegant wine that shows its youthful power with finesse. It fills the mouth with silken layers of green plum, pomegranate, herbal spice and floral tension, flavors that last in a complex matrix. Enjoy this over the next four or five years, while waiting for the domaine’s 2016 Les Vérillats to mellow.

April 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Pale blackish crimson. Very shaded. Exotically ripe. Too much so? Almost bloody with fine polished tannins. A little gamey.

Jancis Robinson, June 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

From a parcel within one of the top vineyards in Moulin-à-Vent, this wine has weight and spiciness from the wood aging. Its tannins, still young, give both structure and emphasize the richness of the fruit. It provides a fine example of the aging ability of great Beaujolais and will probably not be ready until 2020.

Roger Voss, March 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

Wine & Spirits
90 Points

This vineyard is at the bottom of the hill, in deep, clay-rich soils. When Patricio Tapia, our critic for Spain, tasted this wine, the bloody, earthy, flowery Beaujolais led him to remark, “Sometimes I get confused between mencía and gamay.” And this does have surprising intensity for a gamay, concentrated in its black-skinned blueberry flavors and bitter jasmine florals. It needs cellar time to rest and relax.

October 2018
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

The Wine Advocate
92 Points

The 2015 Moulin A Vent Champs de Cour comes from granitic soils and is 35% aged in oak using the same percentage of new wood over 12 months. It offers lovely brambly red berry fruit on the nose, crisp and well defined with hints of rose petal. The palate is well balanced with supple, ripe tannin, well judged acidity and neatly integrated oak. There is just a hint of salted licorice that lends complexity to the finish. I love the mouthfeel here, with a touch of graininess towards the finish that lingers long in the mouth.

Neal Martin, August 2017
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

Vinous
93 Points

Deep ruby. Explosive, oak-spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, incense and vanilla pick up cola and earthy rhubarb notes with aeration. Sweet and deeply concentrated but almost shockingly lively and focused on the palate, offering intense raspberry preserve, cherry cola, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a bracing jolt of minerality on the back half. Finishes smooth, sweet and extremely long, with resonating floral and spice notes and velvety tannins that come in slowly to add shape and gentle grip.

Josh Raynolds, December 2017
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

The Wine Advocate
90 Points

Revealing notes of sweet berry fruit, espresso roast, smoke, candied peel and plums, framed by a touch of oak spice and vanillin, the 2017 Moulin-à-Vent is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, with a fine but firm chassis of tannin and a delicately wood-inflected finish. This is an elegant middleweight from the Château de Moulin-à-Vent that should come into its own after a year or two in the cellar.

William Kelley, August 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Greyish crimson. Lifted dark wild small berries. Fine, dusty tannins that I associate with granite and top-notch beaujolais, and real finesse – paper-fine tannins, wonderful freshness. Tiny little black-berried fruit. Juicy and yet should age. Dark and savoury on the finish but still juicy.

Julia Harding MW, April 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

Vinous
90 Points

Opaque ruby. Primary red and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose, along with a suggestion of pungent flowers. Fleshy, spice-laced blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stretch out and become sweeter with air. Rich but nicely energetic as well, finishing long, broad and juicy, featuring repeating dark fruit character and smooth, harmonious tannins that lend grip.

Josh Raynolds, December 2017
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

jamessuckling.com
91 Points

A more modern, meaty and spicy style with plush, ripe red cherries and red plums. Some roses, too. A very smooth array of tannins and plenty of freshness. Drink now or hold.

February 2018
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

Wine & Spirits
93 Points

There’s black raspberry richness at the center of this wine, concentrated within tannins that draw their power from both grape skins and oak. Brice Laffond destems this fruit, then cold-soaks it with pumpovers before and after fermentation, so there’s no carbonic maceration of the berries. Then he ages it for a year and a half in oak barrels. The barrel spice comes across in notes of cumin and coriander, charred meat and clove, while the fruit is powerful enough to outlast it with generous umami grace. For the cellar.

October 2018
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
92 Points

This wine is beautifully balanced, with rich tannins and great concentration. Ripe black fruits dominate the structure, giving it density that is enhanced by the wood aging. The aftertaste is balanced, juicy and ready to drink.

Roger Voss, March 2019
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

Vinous
90 Points

Opaque ruby. Powerful cherry and blackberry aromas pick up smoky mineral and floral qualities as the wine opens up. Weighty, in the manner of the vintage, but showing very good energy as well, offering gently sweet black currant, cherry and violet pastille flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Dusty tannins come in late on the finish, which hangs around with suave floral and spice notes. This wine is quite civilized both for the appellation and for the vintage.

Josh Raynolds, October 2019
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