One of the northerly Beaujolais cru, Moulin à Vent takes its name from the iconic windmill which overlooks the gently sloping south / south east facing vineyards which lie between Chénas to the north and Fleurie to the south. The appellation is known for its pink granitic soils (streaked with manganese) and sheltered, slow ripening lower yielding vineyards which produce full bodied Gamay. Sourced by Boutinot's Samantha Bailey whole bunches were hand-picked at optimum ripeness and underwent semi-carbonic maceration with a 10-12 day cuvasion to maintain the fruit character. It was then racked into tank for the malolactic fermentation and winter rest to allow the fruit to come to the fore before bottling.
Very deep garnet red, with a nose that is far more supple than the colour would suggest. Bright fruit, quite primary yet ripe with some savoury notes of violets. On the palate the wine is quite plump and bubbling with fresh, crunchy berry fruit with some floral undertones.
Pair with charcuterie or a traditional coq-au-vin.