Thibault Liger-Belair, Moulin-à-Vent “Vielles Vignes” 2011
This is serious Beaujolais. Hailing from one of the northern most villages of the ten Crus of Beaujolais, this Moulin-à-Vent is testament to why the Cru is known colloquially as the “King of Beaujolais.”
The grape varietal here is Gamay, and this wine features the bright, ripe, red fruit typically associated with the varietal, but with a meatier, more intense expression. The depth of this wine is impressive, with layers of freshly blossomed wildflowers and tart raspberry.
The tart fruit flavors make this an invigorating selection. Though not lacking for flavor, fruit, and boldness, it still shows levity and playfulness. This wine is fun to drink, and showcases Beaujolais as a wine region capable of producing high end, even age-worthy, wines.
This wine would make a great date to a hearty winter bean or chick pea stew.