Georges Duboeuf Winemaker Selection Moulin-a-Vent 2015 - Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
93/100 James Suckling
91/100 Andreas Larsson - Tasted
90/100 Wine Spectator
87/100 Wine Enthusiast
92/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
93/100 Toni Paterson, The Real Review (2014 Vintage)
90/100 Robert Parker (2010 Vintage)
Gold - Vinalies Internationales
Gold - Concours General Agricole Paris
Silver - Concours General Agricole Paris
Silver - Concours des Grands Vins de France Macon
Bronze - Japan Wine Challenge
Top Value - The Real Review Recommended (2014 Vintage)
Top Rank - The Real Review Recommended (2014 Vintage)
James Suckling "Complex aromas of wet earth, dried meat, leaves and forest fruits. Subtle. Medium body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Shows balance and beauty. Drink now."
VerdeVin "The nose is fruity. It reveals notes of black cherry and plum associated with discreet hints of blueberry, zan and tobacco. The palate is fruity, fine, sleek, mineral, silky, quite elegant and offers a slight acid/juicy frame. In the mouth this wine expresses notes of juicy blueberry, blackberry and plum associated with a hint of raspberry as well as discreet hints of liquorice , caramelized oak and a very discreet hint of blond tobacco. Tannins are slightly dry. Good length."
Wine Enthusiast "A structured cru wine, full of firm tannins. It is a bold ripe wine with black-cherry fruit, a hint of banana and juicy acidity. The wine comes from a single 30-acre vineyard. Drink from late 2017."
James Suckling "This is a structured and savory one with orange peel, chocolate and spices. Plums, too. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a clean finish. Drink now." (2016 Vintage)
Toni Paterson, The Real Review: "A highly engaging Beaujolais from the AOC of Moulin-à-Vent that has depth and fleshiness, as well a dark red hue and characteristic light body. The flavours are in the dark fruit spectrum; scented plums and black cherries, with an overlay of regional violet. Alongside the intense fruit is a lovely savouriness plus gently drying, fine tannin. A very expressive wine with richness and heady perfume " (2014 Vintage)
Robert Parker "The Duboeuf 2010 Moulin-a-Vent informs a soothingly, silkenly polished palate with ripe blackberry and plum as well as a mouthwatering savor akin to meaty pan juices. Buddleia-like perfume rises as the wine takes on air, and persists inner-mouth. The fruit’s tart edge serves for invigoration while nut oils add a further layer to the sustained finish. This outstanding value ought to drink well for at least 3-4 years – not that one should miss out on experiencing its youth." (2010 Vintage)
The Winemaker "An intense colour that fluctuates between deep ruby and dark garnet. The Moulin-à-Vent reveals floral and fruity aromas dominated by violets and supported by a hint of cherry. Tannic, fleshy and subtly spicy, the Moulin-à-Vent develops complex flavours that combine finesse and harmony. We recommend to taste this wine at 15-16 °C."
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais). Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine.
In the 19th Century, Romanèche-Thorins had four manganese mines – among the biggest in France – from which the famous “glazier’s soap” was extracted and used to whiten glass. The mines used for growing vines were closed in 1919. But the manganese remained, which gives the wines their particular Moulin-à-Vent cachet.
Moulin-à-Vent is situated in the north of the Beaujolais region in France. It is one of the most famous crus and named after the local windmill – the literal translation of the name. It is a historic appellation with a vine-growing history dating back hundreds of years. It was officially granted appellation status in 1936 – one of the first in the country.
Decanter: "Moulin-à-Vent is considered the ‘king’ of the ten Beaujolais crus for the power, concentration, structure and ageability of its wines."
Beaujolais is an important wine region of eastern France in the southern part of Burgundy, famous for its vibrant, fruity red wines made from Gamay. It is located immediately south of Burgundy, of which it is sometimes considered to be a part, despite being within the Rhone administrative region. The widespread plantings of Gamay here make Beaujolais one of the few regions of the world to be so focused on a single grape variety. In some vintages, Beaujolais produces more wine than the Burgundy wine regions of Chablis, Côte d'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais put together.
Gamay is a grape variety that is most famous for producing the light, fruit-driven red wines of Beaujolais. While the variety offers fresh, red-fruit and candied aromas, it typically delivers little in the way of flavor concentration and body weight, giving light, simple wines.