Moulin-à-Vent Champ de Cour 2011 - Domaine Labruyère

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A Beaujolais noted 92 by Robert Parker? This is it! A beautiful Moulin-à-Vent coming from a specific parcel called Champ de Cour, where big stones underneath the earth provides a superb minerality. Wine is round, fresh and fruity and shows supple tannins. Aromas of dark cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and the palate end up on an elegant smoky finish. We only rarely find a wine of this quality in the area.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Domaine Labruyère Eye Dark ruby red
Vintage 2011 Nose  Ripe dark cherry, cassis, floral notes and nice minerality
Appellation Moulin-à-Vent Mouth Round, fresh and fruity with supple tannins and a saline touch. Aromas
Area Beaujolais   of dark cherry and blackcurrant endind on an elegant smoky finish
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Gamay Drink before 2022
Type Dry Open  1 hour before
    Drinking temperature 14-16°C
       
Food pairing
More mineral than the Grande Cuvée, this Moulin-à-Vent will be great with a grilled rib of beef
 
A word about the domain
The domain is the flagship vineyard of the Labruyère family, that also own Château Rouget in Pomerol, Domaine Jacques Prieur in Burgundy and a domain in Champagne. Since 2007, Édouard Labruyère has taken over the property, managing each parcel on its own to get the best of the different terroirs. His Moulin-à-Vent have since been a great success and have contributed to the highly regarded reputation of the domain, making it one of the references of the region.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 2*
La Revue du Vin de France: 1*

About the wine
Robert Parker: 91-92
“Like its Grande Cuvee counterpart, recently racked and assembled, and due to have been bottled soon after I tasted it in December, Labruyere’s 2011 Moulin-a-Vent Champs de Cour was raised entirely in once-used (half for red, half for white) barrels. Maritime mineral as well as iris and wisteria floral dimensions add to the aromatic appeal of ripe dark cherry and cassis, along with thankfully subtly spice and caramel oak influences. Seamless sweetness of juicy fruit expands and saturates the palate acquiring counterpoint from fruit pit and irresistible saliva-inducement from an amalgam of sweet, saline, and iodine-tinged notes akin to lobster shell reduction. This beauty will, I suspect, be well worth following through 2020 and quite possibly beyond.“

Bettane & Desseauve: 15
“More flesh and thickness that the Grande Cuvée, a little less elegance in flavours and refinement in tannin perhaps.”

La Revue du Vin de France: 15.5
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Granite soil with pebbles under a thick layer of earth
Age of vines 50 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Oak barrels
Bottled January 2013
Alcohol 13%