2015 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent

SKU #1274419 92 points John Gilman

 Monsieur Brun’s 2014 Moulin-à-Vent is a classic in the making, the slightly leafy overtones of 2014 nicely synthesized here into a fine mix of cassis, dark berries, chicory, dark soil tones, gamebird and currant leaf. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and properly reserved out of the blocks, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and a long, vibrant and still very primary finish. The 2014 Morgon from Jean-Paul Brun is similarly built for the long haul, but with that wine, its balance makes it quite accessible in its youth, but this is a 2014 Moulin-à-Vent that will demand some time alone in the cellar before it starts to blossom. (Drink between 2020-2050)  (8/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Very floral and pretty with a sweet strawberry and cherry undertone. Full to medium body, dense and chewy tannins and a medium, fruity finish. Needs two or three years to soften.  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin writes: "Readers will already be aware of my appreciation for the wines of Jean-Paul Brun at Domaine de la Terres Dorrée, located in Charnay in Southern Beaujolais. Having not found time to visit Jean-Paul last year, it was time to ring his doorbell. Unfortunately, his winery is one of those that is difficult to locate due to lack of signage. Indeed, Jean-Paul’s wife was giving me directions on my mobile phone while Jean-Paul himself was waving in my rear-view mirror. Once inside, we tasted in his small tasting room where he welcomes visitors that drop by, though this being Southern Beaujolais, I suspect they are fans of his wines rather than those making a tour of the village crus in Northern Beaujolais. He told me how he established the domaine back in 1979 with about four hectares of vine, his father selling fruit to the local co-operative, a practice that is, of course, still common in this part of the region. He has now expanded to 30 hectares. There are two points that distinguish Jean-Paul from his contemporaries. First, the white wines are an important part of his portfolio, and second, he practices a 'Bourguignon' approach to vinifying his wines, de-stemming his clusters, the use of natural yeasts, no carbonic maceration and maturation in either concrete or wooden vats. 'It was a difficult flowering,' Jean-Paul informed me, 'so there was late maturity. Crops were around 30% down compared to last year.'"

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
We recently tasted a fairly comprehensive line-up of Beaujolais, and I think for several of us this definitely took best in show, for its value, fruit intensity and sheer deliciousness. Jean Paul Brun is a good producer, whose wines always seem to showcase bright fruit and vintage character, which in this case means that the fruit is generous, but still sufficiently balanced to remind you that the grapes were grown in solid terroir in Moulin a Vent. As with other top wines from this Beaujolais cru, there is less earthiness and less of a floral quality, more of a direct fruity richness to this wine. Highly recommended.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2017 | Send Email
Fresh Bing cherry and red plum aromas with spice notes jump out of the glass immediately. This is very soft and friendly Beaujolais but with beautiful brightness throughout. On the palate plum and cherry flavors linger on, and overall the wine is smooth and inviting. If you just starting to explore Beaujolais, this Moulin-A-Vent is a great start. It will make you want to know more and try other Crus of Beaujolais.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
Showcasing the warmer vintage of 2015 does not mean this wine falls flat and flabby in any way. Dark and smokey notes on the nose play with the wild cherry and spice. There is plenty of structure here with some herbal notes and a mouth-coating tannic feel that can fool you into thinking you opened a bottle from another area of Burgundy. Looking for a Gamay that will happily play with a roast or pork loin? This wine will happily come to dinner.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
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Spicy dark red fruits are the hallmark of this delicious Moulin-a-Vent. Black cherry, licorice and cola notes mingle on the palate while cool acidity helps to give the finish lift. This wine demonstrates great texture and balance a hallmark of the stunning 2015 vintage in Beaujolais.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

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- 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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- 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.