The grapes come from a 29.7 acre southeast facing estate vineyard with vines more than 50 years old (and some as old as 100 years). Harvesting of this wine is conducted manually, in whole bunches and the grapes are de-stemmed before pressing. Semi-carbonic maceration lasts between 10 to 12 days, with malolactic fermentation taking place in temperature-controlled stainless steel bats (between 78.8-82.4 F).
The ancient windmill perched on high, completely surrounded by Gamay vines, is nothing less than the royal throne of the Beaujolais cru, majestically withstanding time and tempests. Erected in the fifteenth century, the windmill ceased grinding grain in the midnineteenth century. Although in a state of repose, its machinery has remained in perfect operating condition, ever ready to resume duty. Recently the windmill’s sails were replaced, after their absence for many years. The only survivor of its kind in Beaujolais, it is very appropriately classified as a French historic monument.
This wine pairs best will grilled red meats, mushroom risotto, spicy foods and mature cheeses.
PRODUCER: Georges Duboeuf
REGION: A.O.C. Moulin-a-Vent
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay
2020: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Dec 2021
2019: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Apr 2021
2018: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2020
2017: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Dec 2018
2016: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, 2017
2016: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2018
2015: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2017
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Dec 2016
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Feb 2013
2009: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Feb 2011
2008: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2009
2003: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Oct2004
2000: 89-91 Pts - Wine Advocate #134, April 2001
1986: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, July 1987