Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent (La Rochelle) 2014

($33, Wilson Daniels): Château du Moulin-à-Vent sits virtually adjacent to the iconic wind-mill that gives the name to the village that many consider the top cru of Beaujolais.  They, along with other top producers in Moulin-à-Vent, are intent on highlighting the differences among the vineyards.  It’s a welcome trend that consumers should expect to see more often.  This one, from the La Rochelle vineyard is gorgeous, a balanced mixture of dark fruit and granitic-like minerality.  Long and sophisticated, tannins are noticeable, imparting a pleasant firmness, without being hard or astringent.  An alluring hint of bitterness in the finish reminds you this is serious wine.
93 Michael Apstein Dec 27, 2016