Moulin-À-Vent Vielles Vignes (Barbet) 2013

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Known locally as the ‘King of Beaujolais’ for its power, structure and longevity, Moulin-à-Vent is actually atypical of the Beaujolais Crus; its style is the antithesis of what most people think of when they think of Beaujolais wines, and when fully mature (often at 10 years old or more) it resembles more a fine Burgundy, or even a Rhône, than Beaujolais. Named after the local windmill (which translates as moulin-à-vent in French) Moulin-à-Vent is a real vindication of the principle of ‘terroir’. 

91+ points
"The 2013 Moulin-à-Vent from Xavier et Nicolas Barbet is a lovely example of this very classic, low fat vintage, wafting from the glass in a fine aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, a touch of currant leaf, espresso, complex, dark soil tones, pepper and a topnote of bonfires. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and still youthfully leafy, with a lovely core and signature of soil, moderate tannins and fine length and grip on the still quite primary and palate-staining finish. This is already quite enjoyable to drink, but it is still a couple of years away from reaching its apogee of peak drinkability. I would be inclined to cellar it for a few more years and really let it start to hit on all cylinders. 2018-2040+."
John Gilman,
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