2015 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Moulin-a-Vent "Les Rouchaux"

SKU #1354889

Allen Meadows writes: "Thibault Liger-Belair, who is the cousin of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (see above), told me the 2015 vintage 'was hot and dry yet the wines are surprisingly fresh and vibrant. I was concerned about the level of heat and dryness in June and July but a couple of small storms in August really helped the vines and in particular it prevented maturation by evaporation rather than developing true phenolic maturity. I began picking on the 7th of September and brought in faultlessly clean fruit that had good but not really high sugars as potential alcohols were in the 13 to 13.5% area. Yields were another story as they were quite disparate but on average they were around 25 hl/ha. I chose to use more whole clusters than usual in the vinification and while on average it was about 35% it varied from 0 to 70%. As to the wines, they possess good tension and precision as well as surprisingly good terroir definition. Moreover the tannins are quite sophisticated and I believe that it's reasonable to compare the freshness and tension of the 2015s to that of the 2010s, which is a definite compliment in my book.'"

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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.
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.