Domaine Jules Desjourneys, Moulin-à-Vent, Cru Beaujolais, France, 2009, 13.5% abv.

Moulin a ventaMoulin-à-Vent is one of the most special of the Beaujolais crus and the wine can most closely resemble fine Burgundy when aged.  In fact, this bottle doesn’t even mention Beaujolais on the label but instead, refers to red ‘Burgundy’.

Make no mistake, this is not a light hearted BJ Nouveau – here we have a deeper, age-worthy version that at 6 years, is drinking perfectly.

Deep ruby with intense raspberry and boysenberry, this wine shows garrigue and forest floor as well on the nose.

On the palate, it’s dry with medium acidity and light, ripe tannins.  Flavours include raspberry vine, field berry and some blackberry with light leather, peppercorn and as one guest put it, ‘finely dried, dusty leaf and morning dew’.

Unfined and unfiltered, this is a WSET Very Good wine and highly recommended.

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