CHATEAU DU MOULIN-A-VENT

By Florian Rossignol, 5 October 2020

If you drive down to Moulin-à-Vent from Côte de Beaune, what stikes you right away as you got out of the car is the wind. You can feel it immediately. It’s fitting that the Beaujolais Cru, Moulin-à-Vent takes its name from a 15th Century windmill that sits as a landmark in the vineyards. This wind combined with the iron and manganese in the soils helps to limit the yields of the vines resulting in wines of power, concentration and the ability to age for many years.
At the heart of Moulin-à-Vent is the Château du Moulin-à-Vent, established in 1732, with its collection of prized vineyards, which since 2009 has been owned by Jean-Jacques Parinet. Significant upgrades to viticultural practices and vinification have been made. This estate, already since the 2009 vintage, has caught the attention of Allen Meadows (Burghound), and David Schildknecht (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), and listed as one of the TOP 100 Wineries of 2021 by the New York-based Wines and Spirits Magazine, and Edouard Parinet is the current generation leading the Domaine.
Here is a brief breakdown of the cuvées:
Moulin-à-Vent – the estate wine, it is made from a South-east exposed clay-rich plateau of deeply weathered granite rock that forces the Gamay vines to go deep to find nutrients. Classic, serious Moulin-à-Vent with ripe dark cherry-like fruit, and a fresh herbal note and fine acidity. It is a Well-balanced and fine wine with tannins that are well covered, this wine is ready to drink but I suggest to keep to show Château du Moulin-à-Vent’s capacity to age.
Champ de Cour – comes from an east-facing vineyard located 220 metres in altitude and it is one of Château du Moulin-à-Vent flatter vineyards. The soils are granite and clay and are deeper. This terroir is especially good for hot vintages. This cuvée always showed a deeper, darker fruit quality on the nose leading on through to the palate, with medium-plus tannins and more body, only around 8,000 bottles are produced every vintage. In 2019, we brought Edouard Parinet to Hong Kong and hosted a “Champ de Cour” vertical tasting as one of our Burghound Symposium programme, it was a great night as we taste through one of its single-vineyard wines from eight contrasting vintages, you can find a full report here with tasting notes on that night. 
La Rochelle – is considered the most serious of wine, the ‘Grand Cru’ in the portfolio. The vines are 70 years old and are grown in full southern exposure. There is more silica in the soil here too. This wine conveyed more sweet fruit both on the nose and on the palate with flavours of dark raspberry and blackberry dominating as well as minerality and spice coming through. It’s intensely concentrated with medium-plus tannins but these are fine tannins rather than aggressive or harsh. The tannins combined with the fruit concentration and acid structure of the wine make it feel like one with many years ahead and quite worthy of cellaring. The 2016s is selected as one of the Wine of the Year 2020 by Decanter. So, if you haven’t tried the wines of Château du Moulin-à-Vent yet, I recommended you start with the 2016 La Rochelle.
Croix des Verillats – comes from one of their highest altitude vineyards, so there's a lot of wind. This east-exposed vineyard is made up of granitic sand and the soils are quite shallow. It’s my favourite wine from Château du Moulin-à-Vent. The grapes are small and concentrated creating an intense wine. I have tried the 2018s and it is very perfumed with lots of violet, floral notes as well as fresh and lively berry flavours including blackberry, raspberry and blueberry. Minerality interweaves through these mixed berries and floral aromas and you feel the presence of tannins. All these notes combine to create a medium-plus bodied wine with a long length. With time, I expect even more aromas will come through. Only around 8,000 bottles are produced in each vintage.
Clos des Londres – only produced in the very best year from a specific clos of 0.56 hectares facing the Château. This walled vineyard of decomposed granite soil is planted with vines of 40 years old. The prestige label from Château du Moulin-à-Vent, its backward and concentrated characters requires further cellaring.
 Throughout the years we managed to host many dinners and masterclasses with Edouard and share with many of our guests his serious, complex, and age-worthy, Gamayzing “Cru Beaujolais”. I always find myself walked away from these events with a greater appreciation of the wines of the Beaujolais Cru Moulin-à-Vent, and more specifically, the wines of Château du Moulin-à-Vent, as we were able to taste and see the longevity and ageability of these wines, they are serious wines with their own unique expression worthy of your cellar.

Photo credit: ©Franck Juéry

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 3000 OWC1 3 3 1,500 - HK
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 750 BOTTLE 41 41 250 - HK
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 750 BOTTLE 4 4 250 - SHOP
2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 750 BOTTLE 120 120 250 - HK
2020 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 750 OC6 20 120 250 - HK-P
2009 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 12 12 650 - HK-P
2010 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 15 15 500 BH90 HK
2010 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 8 8 500 BH90 HK-P
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 300 BH90 HK
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 4 4 300 BH90 SHOP
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 8 8 300 BH90 HK-P
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 112 112 350 - HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 3 3 350 - SHOP
2016 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 350 - HK
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 350 - HK
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 96 96 580 BH93 HK
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 3 3 580 BH93 SHOP
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 32 32 650 - HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 3000 OWC1 16 16 3,600 - HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 3 3 650 - SHOP
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 3000 OWC1 1 1 3,600 - SHOP
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 3 3 650 - HK-P
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 42 42 650 - HK
2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 750 BOTTLE 22 22 650 - HK
2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres' 1500 BOTTLE 24 24 1,500 - HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent
3000 ml OWC1 HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
-
Location
HK
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 250 / BTL 41 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
41
Qty of btl
41
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
HK
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 250 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 250 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
HK
2020 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent
750 ml OC6 HK-P HKD 250 / BTL 20 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
20
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
HK-P
2009 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 650 / BTL 12 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
12
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK-P
2010 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 500 / BTL 15 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
15
Qty of btl
15
Btl price (HKD)
500
Score
BH90
Location
HK
2010 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 500 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
500
Score
BH90
Location
HK-P
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 300 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
300
Score
BH90
Location
HK
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 300 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
300
Score
BH90
Location
SHOP
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 300 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
300
Score
BH90
Location
HK-P
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 350 / BTL 112 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
112
Qty of btl
112
Btl price (HKD)
350
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 350 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
350
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2016 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 350 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
350
Score
-
Location
HK
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Champ de Cour'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 350 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
350
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 580 / BTL 96 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
96
Qty of btl
96
Btl price (HKD)
580
Score
BH93
Location
HK
2014 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 580 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
580
Score
BH93
Location
SHOP
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 32 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
32
Qty of btl
32
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
3000 ml OWC1 HK HKD 3,600 / BTL 16 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
16
Qty of btl
16
Btl price (HKD)
3,600
Score
-
Location
HK
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 650 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
3000 ml OWC1 SHOP HKD 3,600 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
3,600
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2015 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 650 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK-P
2018 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 42 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
42
Qty of btl
42
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK
2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 22 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
22
Qty of btl
22
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK
2019 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent - Moulin-a-Vent 'Clos de Londres'
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 24 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
24
Qty of btl
24
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
-
Location
HK
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