Domaine Marion Pral Moulin-à-Vent

$36.00

4 in stock

Vintage: 2020
Region: Beaujolais, France
Viticulture: Sustainable
Grape varieties: 100% Gamay

Domaine Marion Pral Moulin-à-Vent is made from 45+-year-old Gamay vines growing on the slopes of Mount Beaujolais. Rich extracted red fruits and berries.

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About Domaine Marion Pral Moulin-à-Vent

Domaine Marion Pral Moulin-à-Vent is made from 45+-year-old Gamay vines growing on the slopes of Mount Beaujolais. A complex nose with rich extracted red fruits and berries leads to a sturdy and fruity palate on a subtle layer of soft brown spice.

About Domaine Marion Pral

In the heart of the Pays des Pierres Dorées in the southernmost tip of the Beaujolais region, Domaine Marion Pral practices ecological farming on their 45 acres of vines. The estate is located in the hamlet of La Roche in Saint-Laurent-d’Oingt, 10 miles from Villefranche, the capital of the Beaujolais. Pascal Chatelus, his wife Marion Pral, and their family have been farming the estate for several generations. All vineyards are located on granite-based south and southwest-facing hillside soils. Harvests are done by hand.

About Moulin-à-Vent

Moulin-à-Vent is arguably the most noteworthy of the ten Beaujolais crus, located in the very north of the Beaujolais region. Moulin-a-Vent wines, made from the Gamay grape variety, are known for being some of the most concentrated and tannic made in Beaujolais, a far cry from the light, simple Beaujolais Nouveau wines. Floral and fruit-driven in youth, these wines often develop spicy, earthy characteristics as they age.

The vineyard area of Moulin-a-Vent stretches across both the Rhone and Saone et Loire departments on the western side of the Saone River. The borders of the appellation touch those of Fleurie in the south, and the vineyards of Chenas are directly north. In fact, the official boundaries of Moulin-a-Vent cover land in the administrative commune of Chenas, and the vineyards surrounding the town of Chenas itself fall under the Moulin-a-Vent appellation.

The most distinctive feature of the terroir here is the pink granite soils, which are shot through with veins of manganese. This mineral – which is not found in quantity in the other Beaujolais crus – is toxic to grapevines and retards the growth of both leafy vegetation and grape bunches. As a result, a smaller yield of highly concentrated grapes is produced by the vines, leading to deeper, more intensely flavored wines that are produced in other parts of Beaujolais. It is this concentration that lends Moulin-a-Vent wines age-ability, and the best examples can be cellared for ten years or longer.

The vineyards of Moulin-a-Vent lie on the south- and southeast-facing slopes of the Beaujolais hills, where they are protected from harsh continental weather systems from the northwest. Instead, the region’s high sunlight hours and gentle cooling influences from the Mediterranean Sea in the south help to maximize the ripening period, leading to grapes with a good balance of flavor and acidity.

This part of Beaujolais has been under vine for hundreds of years; the most important vineyard developments were undertaken by rich Lyonnais in the 15th Century. The boundaries of the area were officially delimited in 1924, and AOC status was granted in 1936. The name of the appellation refers to the iconic moulin-a-vent (French for ‘windmill’), which enjoys a prominent position on the hill overlooking the vineyards.

 

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