Wines to Seek Out
This historic château has embarked on a renaissance since the Parinet family acquired it in 2009, and it is now churning out deep and detailed, site-specific Gamay.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Londres Moulin-à-Vent
Only made in exceptional vintages, this prized wine from a microplot underneath the iconic windmill is a consistent stunner. There is a hard-to-pin-down note that which I can only describe as “curry leaf” —something that has not shown up in any other Gamay wine I’ve tried. Whatever is happening in the glass, this wine's uniqueness has been there each time I've tasted it.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent Champ de Cour Moulin-à-Vent
This wine comes from a vineyard that seems to take the brunt of Moulin-à-Vent’s winds, yielding a wine of intense concentration and depth. An age-worthy Gamay.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent Croix des Vérillats Moulin-à-Vent
Named after a Redemption Cross that stands in the vineyard, Croix des Vérillats is the most savory offering, as well as a wine ripe with tannins. Also age-worthy.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins Moulin-à-Vent
The estate finally lightens up a little with this exceptionally versatile and affordable wine for everyday consumption. Start here if you are new to wines of Cru Beaujolais.
Domaine du Roc des Boutires
Also keep an eye on Château du Moulin-à-Vent's companion label for Pouilly-Fuissé: Domaine du Roc des Boutires. The estate has begun to release a handful of terroir-driven Chardonnay from this neighboring appellation to the north, but because of a technicality (that is, the name of a different AOC appellation in the domaine's name) they've had to release these wines under a different label.