Moulin-à-Vent 2016

Stéphane Aviron

Made only in exceptional years, this wine is a very limited production.

Terroir: This cuvée is from two of the best parcels in Moulin-à-Vent: Rochegres and Le Mont. Stéphane Aviron considers this to be one of the best terroirs of Beaujolais. The soils here are white granite with iron and manganese deposits. The vines in the parcels are all old, averaging 65 years old and many over 100 years in age.

Vinification: Grapes are vinified separately until time for the final blending and bottling. Whole bunches are used and then macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for ten days. The wine is aged in neutral Burgundian barriques, 228-liter barrels, that are between three and six years old for 12 to 14 months.

Additional Information

This wine has expressive black cherry aromas and firm structure in the mouth. Its mineral underpinning and firm but ripe tannins help it age perhaps longer than any of the Beajolais crus.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Moulin-à-Vent
  • Winemaker: Stéphane Aviron
  • Sustainability: Biodynamic Practices
  • Soil: Granite, sand, chalk
  • Avg Vine Age: 65+ years
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Gamay
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Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    Vinous Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
    "Brilliant purple. Expansive black/blue fruit, spice and floral qualities on the nose, along with suggestions of musky herbs and minerals. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering gently sweet boysenberry and black raspberry flavors that slowly deepen on the back half. Shows very good energy and floral thrust on a long, smoke-tinged finish that's given grip by dusty, building tannins."
  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
    "The 2016 Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes is a real success in this challenging vintage, exhibiting notes of cassis, wild plums, licorice and grilled meats. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and supple, its tannins cloaked in fleshy fruit—making it one of the most charming of Aviron's 2016s, as well as one of the most serious."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Review Online Author: Michael Apstein
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    Avirons Moulin--Vent dazzles with a paradoxical firmness and fleshiness. The tannins are fine, not hard or astringent. You can almost taste the granitic soil of this cru in this tightly wound wine. Uplifting brightness in the finish amplifies its appeal. It takes time in the glass to blossom so either decant it before serving, or better yet, put it in the cellar for a few years and his wines from the other crus.

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