The Parinet family purchased the iconic Château du Moulin a Vent in 2009 and began the process of rebuilding its reputation. In 2016, the family extended is operation to the Mâcon, where it purchased the Domaine du Roc des Boutires and its 4.2 hectares of vineyards in Pouilly and surrounding villages in 2016. Currently, Edouard manages these estates, and Brice Laffond makes the wines. We visited Moulin a Vent a couple of years ago to walk the vineyards and taste the wines, which we reviewed in an earlier article. We recently tasted some of their current releases, thanks to their US importer Wilson Daniels.
Both the Beaujolais and Mâcon estates are framed by iconic views. In Beaujolais, the windmill sits adjacent to the family’s vineyards and winery. In Mâcon, the Roche de Solutre overlooks the estate vineyards.
Chateau du Moulin a Vent Couvent des Thorins 2017 Moulin a Vent 91 Made from the extremely low yielding (1 ton/acre) 2017 vintage, the Couvent des Thorins offers a dark fruited nose of dark berry and cherry with an light earthy note. The aromas carry over to the nicely integrated, medium plus weight palate. Savory tones lend complexity, and the finish is fresh with fine grained tannins. Made from hand harvested fruit from estate vineyards, about 20 percent whole bunches from older (40+ years) vines. Aged 16 months in stainless steel. 13% alc.
Chateau du Moulin a Vent Beaujolais 2016 Crois des Vérillats Moulin a Vent 92 Deep dark ruby. Multifaceted bouquet of black raspberry and red cherry complemented by hints of exotic spices. Fresh and juicy on the attack with dark red fruit and a sweet kiss of red berries showing on a succulent, lush palate. Nicely refined character with significant purity and round tannins. Sourced from a 65 year old 5 hectare parcel growing above the windmill in sandy, granitic soils. Fermented 25% whole cluster and matured 12 months in almost all used oak followed by 6 months in stainless steel.
Domaine du Roc des Boutires 2018 En Bertilionne Pouilly-Fuissé 93 Yellow straw. Beginning with a perfumed bouquet of waxy yellow orchard fruit with light citrus and toasted wheat notes, this Chardonnay based wine is beautifully balanced with bright fruit complemented by stony minerals and hints of vanilla inflected oak. The finish is precise and long with high toned fruit notes. A somewhat reserved wine but perfectly balanced and refined in character. The vineyard sits in the shadow of the limestone escarpment, Roche de Solutré.