2017 Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Moulin-A-Vent Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2017
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 89-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Revealing aromas of ripe berry fruit, plums, loamy soil and a subtle framing of oak, the 2017 Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes is medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, with tangy acids and supple tannins. Yields here were 35 hectoliters per hectare, as one of the parcels that informs the blend wasn't damaged by hail at all.

One of a growing number of Côte d'Or producers to acquire land in the Beaujolais, Louis Boillot-whose wines I taste every year in the cellars in Chambolle-Musigny that he shares with his spouse, Ghislaine Barthod-is producing superb examples of Moulin-à-Vent and Fleurie. Classically vinified and given an unusually long élevage by the standards of the region, these are serious, elegantly muscular cru Beaujolais built to age with grace, and they come warmly recommended. Of course, with the hail of 2016 and 2017, nature was unkind to Boillot's appellations, but he rolled with the punches admirably. In 2018, he opted to harvest early, and the results are very promising." (WA)

"Shimmering ruby. Fresh, spice-tinged dark fruits, candied flowers and smoky minerals on the nose, along with subtle game nuance in the background. Fleshy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry, boysenberry and cherry compote flavors that loosen up steadily on the back half. Shows appealing energy for the year and finishes sweet and long, with dusty tannins sneaking in late." (VM)

"A ripe, peppery and very earthy nose gives way to rich, textured and impressively concentrated flavors that possess good depth on the dusty but not drying finish. This should age well." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Like Burgundy Used to Be:
The wines that Louis makes from his priceless vines are like Burgundy used to be: gentle, subtle, pure, precise and highly nuanced, their complexity and sensuality growing with age.

And, starting with the 2014 vintage, Louis and his son Clement have brought their patient, balanced approach to several old-vine vineyards in Moulin-à-Vent and Fleurie. This project promises to be equally compelling.