Beaujolais Moulin-à-Vent: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Tradition Vieilles Vignes' 2020
Known as the ‘King’ of Beaujolais for being one of the longest-lived expressions of the Gamay grape, Arnaud Aucoeur’s classic old-vine Moulin-à-Vent has voluptuous berry fruit flavours, a lovely floral lift on the nose, fresh acidity to underscore a touch of savoury spice and an enticing blackberry and cherry finish.
The Cru of Moulin à Vent in Beaujolais is named for the historic windmill that dominates the local skyline rather than a village or commune. We first tasted the 2020 vintage with Arnaud and Melanie in April 2022 and were wowed by it – love at first sip, if you like. The appellation has a reputation for producing wines which have the stuffing to age and this cuvee comes from sixty year-old vines. Drink now or cellar for a few years as it further develops in bottle with truffle and leafy undergrowth notes and more intense spice coming to the fore.
Serve lightly-chilled with a roasted vegetable ratatouille, grilled meats or confit duck.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Beaujolais|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Gamay|
|Food & Wine Matching||Duck, Goat's Cheese, Lamb, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||Keep 4 to 5 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Semi-carbonic maceration, fermented using wild yeasts.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Arnaud Aucoeur is an eleventh generation vigneron based in Villié Morgon in the centre of the Beaujolais hills. He and his wife Melanie cultivate 20 hectares of vines in Beaujolais and, although they have parcels of vines in several crus, half their vine-holdings lie within their heartland at Morgon. Arnaud is a pragmatic wine-maker with a strong respect for his family's history and the local terroir. He tries not to intervene too much in the vineyard and his red wines, which account for 95% of production, are all vinified in 50 hectolitre wooden vats to allow for some micro-oxygenation but not to impart any oaky influence.
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