Moulin à Vent AOC is one of ten Beaujolais crus, and is named after a windmill (‘moulin à vent’) overlooking the commune of Romanèche-Thorins.

Communes (2): Chénas (Rhône dept), Romanèche-Thorins (Saône et Loire dept).

Wine production & vineyard area: 1988 37,097hl from 646ha. | 2002 35,212hl from 681ha (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.174).

Terroir: Shallow granitic sand rich in minerals (eg. manganese).

Wine style: Typical aromas: iris. ‘Dark, powerful, potentially the greatest of the Beaujolais crus, a rich Burgundian style more characteristic of Pinot Noir than Gamay,’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.178). Moulin à Vent has the most structure, power, body, colour and richness of fruit and normally needs a year before it shows itself at its best (Clive Coates MW: 1990, p.185).