2017 Lucien Lardy "Les Thorins" Moulin-à-Vent

SKU #1408160 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Structured and full of tannins, this wine has a good future. It is not ready yet, but the density of the wine will soften to give great richness, with layers of black fruits, acidity and spice from the old-wood aging. Drink from 2021.  (3/2019)

91 points Vinous

 Shimmering ruby. Highly perfumed black raspberry, licorice and floral pastille aromas pick up a mineral nuance with air. Chewy and energetic on the palate, offering incisive black and blue fruit flavors that show very good depth, breadth and spicy lift. Dark fruit liqueur and violet notes linger on an impressively persistent finish shaped by steadily mounting tannins.(JR)  (10/2019)


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By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2019 | Send Email
This delicious charmer displays a gorgeous and expressive nose of crushed ripe strawberry, grenadine, and black raspberry framed by red rose, sandalwood, violets, clove, and sweet tobacco. Lively, pure red and black fruit and elegant spice tones linger through a freshly focused and well-structured finish. A versatile companion for both holiday dinners and everyday meals, this is an absolute steal at the price and also a great sipper on its own.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2019 | Send Email
I met Lucien for the first time in May and really enjoyed his gregarious and boisterous nature. I love his wines - they truly do reflect his personality. This Moulin-a-Vent has a big personality too, booming with ample black fruits, spice and floral undertones. There is great power and complexity in this wine...I'd love to put a few away to try in 10, and then 15 years.

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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.