2009 Georges Duboeuf Moulin-à-Vent (Flower Label) (Previously $9.99)

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90 points Wine Spectator: "This aromatic red shows nice grippy tannins, but it's well-balanced, with a thread of minerality running through it. Offers attractive flavors of ripe cherry, blackberry and fig, followed by a tight, juicy finish. Drink now through 2015." According to Wine & Spirits: "A gentle red with baked cherry flavors, this has gravelly tannins to balance the sweet fruit. Easy to enjoy as a young wine with charcuterie, this will develop well over the next year." According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Aromas of cherry and dark berries are complicated by notes of anise and musky herbs. Blackberry and bitter cherry pit flavors show a serious quality and are slow to unfold. Slightly bitter on the finish, which features firm tannins and a smoky nuance." According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " ... nobody is going to fault this on sheer grip or concentration, and the wine is loaded with ripe black fruits displaying real cut and energy..." (08/10)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/26/2011  | Send Email
This is a lovely Cru Beaujolais that reminds me more of a high toned Fleurie or Cote de Brouilly as opposed to a deeper, richer Moulin a Vent. Pretty cherry and red raspberry smack of little besides the Gamay grape grown in granitic soils, and as the wine opens up, it takes on notes more akin to chocolate, Thai spices and even a hint of lavender. Medium bodied with light velvety tannins and bouncy acid, there is a slightly disjointed acidity on the finish that is easily remedied with a bite of food, and a slight “tinny” quality that reminds me of drinking fruit drinks from those giant tin cans of juice as a little one (as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a child of the 70’s). At the end of the day what you have however is, as my collegue Mr. Wollenberg states, one of the smokinist deals in the store that won’t last long, and is perfect with Thanksgiving turkey, among other things. CM

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2011  | Send Email
Are you looking for a stellar deal? Well think about this: 1) 2009 is a vintage that Georges Duboeuf calls the best of his life; 2) Moulin-a-Vent is the most famous of all the Beaujolais Crus, and generally sells for the highest price. Now add K&L's special purchase, and you get a retail price not of $20, or even $15, but just $9.99! This, when combined with Wine Spectator's Score of 90 points equals one of our best values in lovely, spicy red wine. At this price there is no way it will stay around for long! And don't forget, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and this is one of the best possible choices to feed a thirsty crowd with that meal.

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 3/28/2012 
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Very decent. In addition to dark berry-like flavors, there are some tannins and and a note of earthy bitterness. In a blind tasting one might think this was a Grenache rather than Gamay. At this price it puts those thin, sour, metallic Beaujolais Nouveaux to shame.

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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

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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.