Immense depth of colour with a rich almost peppery bouquet. Gently oaked on the palate with an enticing length. A great wine from this noble appellation.
About This Wine
The magnificent King of the Beaujolais Crus, aged for few months in oak. A lovely wine from a fantastic year.
Producer: Château de Belleverne
The Bataillard family live in an impressive Château, yet seem to enjoy a more simple way of life than the grandeur of their surroundings would suggest. Here they vinify and bottle some seven of the twelve Beaujolais appellation because they have small parcels of vineyards scattered around the region which total 35 hectares.
We have enjoyed their Beaujolais Village for a number of years because it was always recommended in a neighbouring restaurant that we visited in Chappelle de Guinchay. After one particularly enjoyable meal and occasion Roger finally tracked them down and arranged to ship a cross section of their wines.
Their Beaujolais Villages is light and fragrant in style, made for easy and early enjoyment, as is their Beaujolais Rosé and Beaujolais Blanc. While their Moulin-à-Vent is a total contrast, with a firm structure that has been tenderly raised in oak to yield a substantial and impressive wine.
Moulin-à-Vent is the most noble of the Beaujolais wines. It is often described as the King of the Beaujolais Crus. It was one of the first Beaujolais Crus to be created and it was always the most expensive by a considerable margin. As a wine, its dominance is unchallenged but in the marketplace it has been eclipsed by Fleurie, appropriately described as the Queen of Beaujolais.
Moulin-à-Vent takes its name from an ancient windmill still standing in the village of the same name just below Chénas towards Romanèche-Thorins. The windmill was used to grind the local villages’ wheat in the summer months when the streams that turned the watermills ran dry. A storm in 1910 caused much damage and for 90 years the windmill, though bereft of sails, became a prominent and easily recognised symbol of Moulin-à-Vent. The actual windmill can be visited and its outline is reproduced on most Moulin-à-Vent wine labels. In 1999 the windmill was restored and the sails were replaced.
The Moulin-à-Vent vineyards are in the communes of Romanèche-Thorins and Chénas and are divided by the border of the departments of the Rhône and Saône-et-Loire.
Granitic soil, with seams of manganese, yields a wine which is suitably majestic and is the most full bodied of the Beaujolais Crus. When young it has the deep bright colour of rubies and a rich bouquet. With time its youth transforms into a rich Burgundian wine more characteristic of the Pinot than the Gamay. It is a perfect wine to lay down particularly in a good year.