Oenotourisme France - A la découverte de l'AOC Moulin-à-Vent - Les Grappes

Discovering the Moulin-à-Vent AOC

After Saint-Amour and Chénas, Laetitia Allemand takes us today, direction Moulin-à-Vent. Do you know the AOC Moulin-à-Vent ? It is one of the 10 Beaujolais Crus! This AOC red wine is produced on horseback, between the Rhône and Saône-et-Loire departments. All around the vineyards of this AOC, you will find in the south-west the cru de Fleurie and in the north the appellation Chénas. Immediate boarding, direction Beaujolais!

The village of Moulin-à-Vent

Don't look for this village on a map, it doesn't exist. We are in the vineyards of one of the 10 Beaujolais Crus, probably the most prestigious.

The windmill behind me has been enthroned on the small hill of Romanèche-Thorins for more than 450 years. Today classified as a Historical Monument, it grinded grain until the middle of the 19th century anyway!

The vineyards of the AOC Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais wine

The anteriority of this windmill in the landscape makes it the symbol of this appellation which naturally took the name of "Moulin à Vent" in 1936 when it became AOC.

But it is not only this mill which is old here... The good reputation of the local wines is also good, since already in 1816, they were ranked among the best, in the same way as the great Burgundies. And the comparison is still going on!

Tasting advice of AOC Moulin-à-Vent

This is the Beaujolais wine for keeping par excellence. It is robust and complex. It combines aromas of ripe fruit, spices and flowers. So let it pinch for 6 or 7 years before enjoying it with a turkey stuffed with chestnuts for Christmas. It's the perfect red wine! A little younger, it goes well with a pork tenderloin with honey or cream.

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