While the general reputation of Beaujolais can be something of a mixed bag, Flint Wines is putting some effort into promoting one of the region's crus, Moulin-à-Vent. The UK agent held an event yesterday with two producers from the region, Thibault Liger-Belair and Château du Moulin-à-Vent.
The region has indeed been changing in the past few years. More well known for his wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges, Liger-Belair purchased his Moulin-à-Vent property in 2009. And as Edouard Parinet of Château du Moulin-à-Vent explained, the first Parinet family vintage occurred in 2009.
There's a greater focus on aged wines in this appellation than in many other parts of Beaujolais, as vertical tastings from both of these tastings showed. This gave each the opportunity to showcase the much-talked-about 2009 vintage, as well as, according to Liger-Belair, the better-balanced 2011. And at somewhere between £9.95 and £19.95 per bottle ex-VAT for the 2011s, there's real restaurant potential here.
But it was a masterclass about the region's terroir, including four wines from each producer, that really allowed these two to delve into the region's specific characteristics. There was plenty of discussion about old vines, some ungrafted, as well as some biodynamic production, and the use of some old methods such as destemming by hand.
Parinet explained that while yesterday's showcase featured just two producers, there are other producers raising the bar in Moulin-à-Vent - definitely a region to keep an eye on.
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