While studying Beaujolais for our CSW class we tried wines from the Moulin-A-Vent (windmill) region. Moulin-A-Vent is one of the ten villages designated as a Grand Cru and lies in the northern part of Beaujolais. What makes this area so unique is its pink granite soil which is toxic to the vines and stunts their growth causing a more concentrated grape flavor.
I chose the 2013 “Les Chassignols”, Pascal & Jean-Phillip Granger. This dry Gamay based wine was unfiltered, with a Ruby/Granite color and earthy cherry and raspberry scents. It had a medium body and low tannins, and the palate also had notes of coffee, berries and earth with a bitter aftertaste. I paired it with Chicken. This is not the Beaujolais Nouveau that you get and drink around Thanksgiving, but a wine meant for aging. I’m not a big Gamay fan and I felt this could use more aging. Though the price was under $20, this windmill didn’t blow me away.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.