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Wine Spectator: The Distinctive Crus of Beaujolais – Featuring Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Wine Spectator: The Distinctive Crus of Beaujolais – Featuring Château du Moulin-à-Vent

"Amid Changing Tastes, the region's fresh reds broaden their appeal" As the pendulum of taste swings toward lighter, more elegant wines, Americans are increasingly looking for alternatives to the blockbusters that have been popular for so long. The Gamay-based reds from France's Beaujolais region are an excellent option, full of character and offering great value. The most interesting wines come from the crus, which best display the region's distinctive terroirs. Moulin-à-Vent is arguably the most coveted cru, producing concentrated and ageworthy Gamays. With 1,500 acres under vine, Moulin-à-Vent boasts more than 60 lieux-dits—sites with unique topographic elements—on pink granite soils with seams of manganese....
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Gillian Sciaretta, November 30, 2019
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Wine Spectator: 9 Beaujolais Red to Drink After Labor Day

Wine Spectator: 9 Beaujolais Red to Drink After Labor Day

Read the Full article at WineSpectator.com "While Beaujolais can be enjoyed year-round, the light-bodied, refreshing nature of Gamay makes these wines perfect for the summer, and a reintroduction to reds as the fall rears its head. But the fact that they're easygoing doesn't mean there isn't great quality here. Beaujolais wines can offer great expressions of the region's plentiful terroirs. Many of the best wines hail from the 10 crus, four of which are represented here. However, vintners also explore unique areas within the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages levels, and sometimes blend from sites in different appellations. Today's selection highlights recently reviewed Beaujolais for...
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Gillian Sciaretta, September 5, 2019
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Wine Spectator Video: Moulin-à-Vent with Edouard Parinet

Wine Spectator Video: Moulin-à-Vent with Edouard Parinet

"The owner and director of Château du Moulin-à-Vent talks about his father-son venture, the debunked folklore behind Gamay, and what makes this Beaujolais cru unique." Click here to watch the video at WineSpectator.com
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July 19, 2019
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Les Producteurs de L’Année: Château du Moulin-à-Vent Named Top 10 Winery by Bettane+Desseauve

Les Producteurs de L’Année: Château du Moulin-à-Vent Named Top 10 Winery by Bettane+Desseauve

"Château du Moulin-à-Vent has became in a few years an obvious reference of its appellation with a relevant range of wines, all of excellent quality. The 2014 vintage had taken a nice turn with more elegance, less power. This trend was confirmed with the 2015. Their power is perfectly mastered, their finesse well shown. Our intuition was the good one: this domain is one of the grand of Beaujolais, with an homogeneous level of excellent quality. We are happy to give them a 4th star (4 stars out of 5: the best rate of all region)."
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Bettane+Desseauve, September 1, 2018
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8 Gorgeous Wine Regions to Visit in France That Aren’t Bordeaux

8 Gorgeous Wine Regions to Visit in France That Aren’t Bordeaux

"Bordeaux is to France what Napa Valley and Sonoma are to the States—a wine country paradise along its country's southwestern coast home to some of the world’s most famous vineyards. There's more to France, however, than its most-visited vino locale. From the birthplace of rosé to the sparkling capital of Champagne, here are eight wine regions that should definitely be on your radar... Provence: Hike the trails surrounding Château Gassier’s organic vineyards, nested at the foot of Mont Sainte-Victoire, or embark on a 155-mile cycling and yoga tour with Ride & Seek, pausing to sample Provençal specialties like tapenades and truffles along...
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Lane Nieset, July 10, 2018
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Must-Try Red: Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolis, France, 2015

Must-Try Red: Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolis, France, 2015

From one of the most serious and ageworthy of the 10 Beaujoulais crus, this Gamay is made in quite a modern style, showcasing generous and vibrant dark cherry fruit supported by a firm tannic frame and fine acidity. The complex palate is layered, textured and structured which suggests you could cellar it for several years, but it has enough ample fruit to be enjoyed now. Alc. 13.5%  
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June 1, 2018
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The Personality of Cru Beaujolais, From Elegant to Profound

The Personality of Cru Beaujolais, From Elegant to Profound

"Often overshadowed by Burgundy to the north, many wine drinkers are not aware of the excellent quality coming out of Beaujolais. We aim to put that right. Excluding the gush of nouveau that hits shelves every November, this region is producing serious wines at attainable prices. "Beaujolais is a region of two halves: In the south, close to the gastronomic city of Lyons, it produces simple, fruity wines, while the north is known for its rich, long-lived wines from the area’s iconic granite soils. The grape—Gamay—remains the constant, yet the results are very different depending on soil type and vineyard location....
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Roger Voss, March 8, 2018
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100 Best Wineries of the Year & 100 Best Wines of the Year Winner: Château du Moulin-à-Vent

100 Best Wineries of the Year & 100 Best Wines of the Year Winner: Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Top 100 Wineries 2017: Château du Moulin-à-Vent New owners have revitalized the historic Château du Moulin-à-Vent and its vineyards, bringing the estate's wines to the forefront of Beaujolais. Three owners in Three Centuries: The Pommier family founded the Château de Thorins in Moulin-à-Vent, gaining international attention at the Universal Exhibition in London in 1862. Madame Pommier, at the age of 99, presented her family's 1854, '58, and '59 wines, ranked the best of the Mâcon at the exhibition. In 1911, the Pommiers sold the estate to the Damoy family, who owned a large department store in Paris. They renamed the property Château du Moulin-à-Vent,...
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Winter 2017
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Please the Palate: A Windmill and Wine at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent

Please the Palate: A Windmill and Wine at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent

"The sun was setting as we drove to our dinner at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent. It was my first time to Beaujolais, and as we turned up the road to our destination, we saw, sitting on the top of the hill in front of us, the iconic Moulin-à-Vent, or windmill. "The 500-year-old structure was breathtaking as the sky turned from a light yellow to a warm orange. After a few photos, we drove 650 feet farther and arrived at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent. "Moulin-à-Vent, located in the southernmost tip of Burgundy, is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais. Moulin-à-Vent borders the vineyards of...
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Allison Levine, August 3, 2017
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LESSONS LEARNED FROM VISITING MOULIN-À-VENT

LESSONS LEARNED FROM VISITING MOULIN-À-VENT

"It all began with a bottle of Brouilly from Château de la Chaize. Or was it a Juliénas from Pascal Granger? Or maybe it was the Moulin-à-Vent named “Couvent des Thorins”from Château du Moulin-à-Vent? "At some point, a few years ago, I hopped on-board the bandwagon and became a BeaujNerd, a CruHead, a Gamayniac. And unless the quality of the region dramatically dips (and there’s no reason to see why it would), I’ll be on board for life. There is something about Cru Beaujolais wines that is so transparently beautiful and easy — to me, they are the friendliest entry point for novices to French fine wine. "So when I first laid...
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Kevin Day, May 12, 2017
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