Wine AppellationsMoulin-à-ventKing of the Crus
The highest rated of all the Beaujolais Crus, Moulin-à-Vent is ruby to dark garnet in color with floral and fruity aromas. Full-bodied and complex, these wines have hints of iris, spice and ripe fruit.
When young, they feature a dominance of violet and cherry flavors. After a few years, the bouquet develops aromas of iris, spice and ripe fruit. Later, undergrowth and truffle aromas begin to come through, followed by musk and game.
For Wine Geeks
Mainly facing east, Moulin-à-Vent is found 750 to 1,280 feet above sea level. Made up of crumbly pink granite called gore, its soil has seams of manganese that give Moulin-à-Vent its specific character. Across more than two square miles, 280 growers produce an average of 4.25 million bottles a year.
The Mâcon courts first registered Moulin-à-Vent in 1924 in an effort to combat counterfeit wines. The appellation area has never changed and today’s wine is produced from the same granite-based soil. A windmill that was classified as a historical monument in 1930 is the well-known symbol of the Cru.