Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais, $148, cork
I’m never tempted by Beaujolais Nouveau (well OK once in Japan, but that was only because it was a Hello Kitty wine), but Cru Beaujolais on the other hand is a whole different story. Moulin-a-vent means “windmill” in French and this hilly area in the north-east of Beaujolais is known for its relatively long lived wines, as well as its windmill. Available in Hong Kong from Wine Hot, it is of course 100% Gamay.
Quite light it’s a vibrant cherry red and there’s cola, red fruits and pepper aplenty on the nose. This tastes fresh and ‘red’; really it’s a mardi gras of red fruit; first along dance the wild strawberries, then come the jolly little raspberries and finally it’s a wave of cheeky cranberries. Alongside this fruit fiesta there’s a lovely lick of spice and a grind of white pepper. While there’s plenty of upfront fruit this is a wine that's certainly no pushover; medium to full bodied it’s got fine tannins and good persistence. I drunk it over a few nights and on the third evening it had softened, but was still holding up beautifully. While it may not be the most sophisticated, Chateau Moulin-a-Vent 2007 so, so drinkable.