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Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Château du Moulin-à-Vent has 37 hectares including top single vineyards ‘Champ du Cour’...

and ‘La Rochelle’. The vines are densely planted at 9000 vines per hectare and yields are low, between 20-35 hl/ha, versus the minimum requirements of 6000 vines per hectare and yields of 56hl/ha for wines of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. Here Gamay is given the royal treatment and the resulting wines will develop and improve beautifully over time in the bottle. The wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in French oak with sizes ranging from 228L, 350L to 500L, depending on the wine.

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Moulin-à-Vent translates as windmill in French. The grapes are sourced from vineyards which are situated in the heart of Moulin-à-Vent, in sight of the historic windmill after which the appellation is named. The vines are east-facing and situated at 200-350 metres above sea level. They grow on granitic and poor, sandy soils with vine age averaging 50 years.

Vintage Information

A warm June and July meant that the 2015 vintage started off well. Dry and sunny conditions in August caused a slight reduction in yields but cooler night time temperatures throughout the growing season helped the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their acidity. Strong southerly winds towards the end of August kept the grapes dry and helped to keep them free from fungal infection. Concentrated and healthy grapes were harvested quite early in comparison to recent vintages.


Pre-cold fermentation lasted 20 days to give more roundness and finesse to the final wine. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Finally, 40% of the wine was aged in French oak for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

This Gamay is vivid ruby in colour. The wine has a very aromatic nose, with notes of fresh red and black fruits. On the palate, this wine is well balanced with a medium body and supple tannins.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Gamay
Region Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais
Winemaker Brice Laffond
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 3.62g/l