Moulin-à-Vent 2017

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: 90 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Gillian Sciaretta
    Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
    "A supple profile offers glossy cherry and raspberry notes in this light-bodied red, with accents of orange zest, licorice and rose petal adding complexity through the spicy finish. Drink now through 2024."
  • Score: 88 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
    "The 2017 Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes opens in the glass with notes of blackberries, spicy cherries, menthol and licorice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, framed by powdery, somewhat astringent tannins that reflect this hail-impacted vintage. It's a creditable effort in a challenging year."

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