X. & N. Barbet Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes

Regular price $22.00

Winemaker: Xavier Barbet

Appellation: Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais, France

Grape Varieties: Gamay

Known locally as the ‘King of Beaujolais’ for its power, structure and longevity, Moulin-à-Vent is actually atypical of the Beaujolais Crus; its style is the antithesis of what most people think of when they think of Beaujolais wines, and when fully mature (often at 10 years old or more) it resembles more a fine Burgundy, or even a Rhône, than Beaujolais. Named after the local windmill (which translates as moulin-à-vent in French,) Moulin-à-Vent is a real vindication of the principle of ‘terroir’. 

Xavier Barbet and his brother Nicolas Barbet, manage this Moulin-a-Vent winery together. The fruit comes from four-hectares spread over several parcels - Champs de Cour, La Roche, le Moulin, le Clos, Perreins and Brouilleres. The grapes are mostly destemmed and fermentation happens in large conical-shaped (tronconique) wooden fermenters and some are placed in cement tronconique tanks. The tronconique shape gives more skin contact for a long and slow extraction. Fermentation lasts seven to ten days and is followed by a maceration totalling four weeks. Next the wines go by gravity into barrels and demi-muids, new to eight years old for aging. Moulin-a-Vent is considered to be the richest Cru in Beaujolais and the longest lived.