Moulin-à-Vent Grande Cuvée 2012 - Domaine Labruyère

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The Grande Cuvée is the perfect bottle to discover the Moulin-à-Vent appellation and that Beaujolais actually produces great wines! It is a medium bodied Gamay with smooth tannins, showing cherry and red berry flavours. The 15 months spent in oak barrels give the wine a firm structure and a few spices on the finish. 
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainDomaine LabruyèreEyeRuby red
Vintage2012Nose Fresh cherry and pomegranate with hints of flower (peony, iris)
AppellationMoulin-à-VentMouthMedium-bodied with smooth tannins, showing cherry and red berry
AreaBeaujolais flavours. Ends on a long and slightly spicy finish
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesGamayDrink before2018
TypeDryOpen 1 hour before
  Drinking temperature14-16°C
    
Food pairing
A fruity and spicy medium-bodied red that would be perfect with red meat, game and charcuterie (paté, terrines, saucissons… etc)
 
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: 87
"The 2012 Moulin-a-Vent Grande Cuvee is more generous on the nose than the 2011, with red berry fruit, wild hedgerow and black currant pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannins, the oak just a little more obvious than the 2011 and shaving off the tension on the finish. Drink now-2017."

Bettane & Desseauve: 15
“Fleshy mouth, delicious fruit with more complex notes of balsamic and dried meat, great persistence and a clear signature of the terroir."

La Revue du Vin de France: 14.5
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilGranite soil rich in manganese and quartz
Age of vines50 years old
HarvestManual
Maturing15 months in oak barrels
BottledJanuary 2014
Alcohol14%