Purchased by Maison Louis Jadot in 1996, the Château des Jacques is situated in the village of Moulin-à-Vent (which means windmill), between Fleurie and Chenas where the soil is very granitic. The Moulin-à-Vent wine is referred to as the “King of Beaujolais,” and is considered to be the most Burgundian “Cru” of Beajolais. The other Beaujolais Crus are St. Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly.
Like all Beaujolais reds, the Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent is produced from 100% Gamay grapes. The wine is vinified in closed vats, and then aged in oak barrels for six months. While known for its light, fruity flavors, this wine is a full, robust Beaujolais, with a fleshy, almost fat texture and greater longevity than any other Cru of the Beaujolais. The exceptional quality of its structure preserves a fruitiness, which mellows with bottle age. Enjoy this wine paired with charcuterie, grilled red meats or game.
91 points Wine Advocate: "[The] 2011 Moulin-a-Vent mingles ripe dark cherry, plum and cassis with marrow-rich savory suggestions of meat stock. Salt, stone, iodine, mocha and toasted nuts add intrigue to a sustained finish in this lovely, tenderly textured and relatively gentle offering that pales slightly only in comparison with the active impingement that characterizes this year’s Chenas and Fleurie tasted immediately before. Incidentally, this was brought-up in one-third each in new barriques, used barriques and tank, in contrast with the nearly 100% new barrels in which the estate’s single vineyard Moulin-a-Vents continue to be raised. An outstanding value, it should reward following at least through 2017 and quite possibly beyond." - DS
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