Considered the highest rated of the 10 Beaujolais crus, Moulin à Vent lies in the northeast corner of the region. Many top wines rival village wines from Burgundy. A windmill, dating back to 1930 and classified as an historical monument, serves as the symbol of the appellation. The soil here is very specific; pink granite with seams of manganese ore that gives a rich character to the wines. There are around 280 growers in Moulin à Vent covering over six hundred hectares of vineyard.
Regarded as the King of the Beaujolais crus, the wines, produced from the Gamay grape, are full bodied, rich and round in texture with flavours of fruit, wild berries and spice which become more intense as the wine ages over a decade or so. Moulin à Vent wines are excellent teamed with wild game dishes and mature cheeses.
- Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Moulin-à-Vent0.75l Red€16.15 €13.35Four parcels of vines which are close to the windmill are used for this cuvée. Two of the parcels have ancient alluvial soils with a pink sands and two have deeper pink granite soils. This cuvée is quite rich and tight, with a bright ruby colour, aromas of rose hips and minerals and a firm, classic structure which builds in the mouth towards a structured finish.
- Les Rouchaux Moulin-à-Vent0.75l Red€18.00 €14.88A 1.2 hectare site runs below the hamlet of Thorins and has subsoils composed of blue granite that run into ancient alluvial soils. This is the most aromatic of the cuvées with lots of red summer fruit character. The first taste is one of crushed raspberries before the wine opens up to reveal very fine, very elegant almost Pinot Noir fruit characteristics.
- Brussellions Moulin-à-Vent0.75l Red€19.80 €16.36A 1.3 hectare site sitting on top of a hill, northeast of Moulin. Here ancient alluvial soils with white sands are complemented by a high percentage of red granite. There is great energy here with spicy fruit and fresh, pure flavours. The wine is long and quite rich with very fine tannin structure. Louis Boillot describes it as the synthesis of the other two cuvées.