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 Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Domaine Labruyère Eye Ruby red
Vintage 2012 Nose  Fresh cherry and pomegranate with hints of flower (peony, iris)
Appellation Moulin-à-Vent Mouth Medium-bodied with smooth tannins, showing cherry and red berry
Area Beaujolais   flavours. Ends on a long and slightly spicy finish
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Gamay Drink before 2018
Type Dry Open  1 hour before
    Drinking temperature 14-16°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…
Soil Granite soil rich in manganese and quartz
Age of vines 50 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing 15 months in oak barrels
Bottled January 2014
Alcohol 14%