2014 Domaine Diochon Moulin-á-Vent Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1218962 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A brooding but not really somber nose is comprised by relatively high-toned red berry and soft earth and pepper notes. There is a lovely sense of tension and vibrancy to the well-detailed and powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent depth and length on the well-balanced and ever-so-mildly austere finale. This is presently very compact though at the same time it is clearly a very serious effort with very fine underlying material and like all classically structured MaV's, this is definitely built-to-age. Good stuff provided that you have the patience to cellar it for at least a few years first.  (6/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Dark ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry liqueur scents are lifted and sharpened by a spicy element. Juicy and concentrated, offering intense dark berry and violet pastille flavors that show surprising vivacity for their power. Finishes on a subtly smoky note, with excellent persistence and dusty, slow-building tannins that harmonize with the densely packed fruit. (JR)  (8/2016)

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Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
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France

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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.