2015 Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Chateau des Jacques La Roche

Year: 2015
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$33.95

"This layered, medium-bodied red boasts supple flavors of plum sauce, dark chocolate and blackberry compote, accented with floral, black tea and mineral details. Moderate, integrated tannins show support through the smoky finish. Drink now through 2025. 750 cases made.–GS " (WS)

"Bright violet. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berries, licorice candy, musky earth and a violet flourish on the deeply perfumed nose. Sappy, fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated bitter cherry and blueberry flavors that show no rough edges and turn sweeter with air. In an ample style, but there's impressive energy here as well. Finishes broad, floral and very long; fine-grained tannins add shape and gentle grip." (VM)

A TRULY MOST IMPRESSIVE BEAUJOLAIS GRAND CRU from MOULIN-A-VENT, WELL WORTH ITS $33.95 PRICE. 2015 MOULIN-A-VENT, LA ROCHE, CHATEAU des JACQUES, Estate Btld. LOUIS JADOT

Though there are presently nearly a dozen Grand Cru rated Beaujolais, Moulin-A-Vent has been considered the best of the lot (even when there were only six Grand Crus), for well over a century. And after truly enjoying this 2015 Moulin-a-Vent, it’s nice to see, that at its best, it is still the King of Beaujolais, with its greater complexity, depth of flavor and notable richness.

To state it directly, “I was simply bowled over by this 2015 Chateau des Jacques,” and though, a few years ago $33.95 would seem like a wild high price for any Beaujolais, in today’s wine market this 2015 with its depth and true Burgundian character is a truly fine bargain.

What is also remarkable about this Moulin-A-Vent Beaujolais is that if served to me blind, I could easily mistake it (with its aromas and flavors of cassis and dark cherries) for a much more expensive Pinot Noir based wine from one of the major communes in the Cote d’Beaune, such as Pommard or a red Chassagne-Montrachet. Though Beaujolais wines are not known for longevity and almost always are meant to be drunk quite young. This 2015 Moulin-a-Vent is an exception, and though now quite enjoyable, it will continue to offer good drinking until the mid-2020’s.

RATING: 93/94

PRICE: $33.95, *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)