2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent Les Thorins" (Previously $26)

SKU #1274420 93 points Vinous

 Brilliant red. Energetic, mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas, with a sexy floral nuance adding complexity. Offers juicy, impressively concentrated red and dark berry flavors that suavely combine power and delicacy. Vibrant and penetrating on the finish, which shows outstanding clarity and mineral-driven persistence. (JR)  (8/2016)

91 points James Suckling

 A linear Beaujolais with a pretty backbone of tannins and polished fruit. Medium body. Vivid and firm. A little salty at the end. Drink now.  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2017 | Send Email
Stellar wine! This is on the level of Premier Cru Burgundy for sure. Aromas are full of light, earthy strawberry and raspberry. Beautiful acidity cuts through the wine and makes it fresh, vibrant and energetic. Its mineral and earthy component is what makes me associate this wine with Burgundy the most. It's so structured and deep that it puts this Beaujolais on a whole different level.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
Offering a more decadent style the Lies Thorins from Jean Paul Brun is all about rich round fruit with a ripe red berry nose. This may sound like it is some overly fruited Gamay, but this wine has depth and weight to stand up to the fruit. Seriously, this almost goes outside of the Beaujolais realm and could easily fool me in a blind tasting. A long finish with minerality sneaking in completes this wine and further cements it as a new regular in my lineup of wines to bring home.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
Packing a hedonistic punch is the full-bodied Moulin a Vent Les Thorins. This is a beautifully structured wine showing lots of power and concentration with notes of plum and cherry. The finish is long, with ripe, perfectly integrated tannins and shows a Burgundian-like earthiness. Big and beautiful, this has plenty of aging potential, but will still be an amazing drinking partner with a charcuterie platter tonight.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
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Stunningly good. Rose petal and hibiscus notes deftly blend with cherry aromas on the savory nose. There's an amazing concentration of cherry fruit as well pomegranate and cranberry fruit. The wine is incredibly sleek and suave with great energy and lift. The finish is long with great freshness and vivacity. From start-to-finish this is a top-notch offering.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

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.