Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent “Le Moulin” 2020

$60.00 USD

Please allow extra time for this limited-quantity wine to be hand-picked and packed from our secure, temperature-controlled cellar.

About the wine

REGION: France | Burgundy | Beaujolais
GRAPES: 100% Gamay
PH: n/a
ABV: n/a
AGING: 10 months in a mix of old and new Alliers, Limousin, and Nivernais oak barrels
This wine is opulent and generous, but with a very fresh mouthfeel. Both complex and powerful, it will match beautifully a menu of roasted Mediterranean vegetables, roasted or slow cooked meat with mushrooms and chestnut stuffing, or pronounced cheeses.
Roasted Mediterranean vegetables, roasted or slow cooked meat with mushrooms and chestnut stuffing, or pronounced cheeses.
Picked and sorted by hand, then mostly de-stemmed, the grapes macerate slowly over the course of three or four weeks. Both pigeage and pumping over take place at different stages of the fermentation according to the vintage profile. The wines are aged in Château des Jacques’ historic cellar for 10 months, a period spent in oak barrels, both old and new. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, Limousin, and Nivernais.
Le Moulin needs three or five years to reach its harmony, and can then age comfortably for several decades.
Winter 2020 is the warmest since the beginning of the 20th century, as a result, while the world enters into lockdown in March, the vine is awakening early. The following spring is equally warm until a cooler phase at the end of May as vine flowers are blooming. The weather got cooler in June with a few rains giving the vines a welcomed rest. Veraison takes place mid-July, rains disappear and temperatures are soaring to an overwhelming heat and an exceptional sunlight. Initially planned for the 24th f August the harvest started on the 21rst, breaking an all-time record for the domaine. For having put the whole planet on hold, 2020 will make history, for Château des Jacques it will be remembered for its extraordinary character. Thanks however to the estate’s viticulture methods, and a careful vinification, 2020 is only theoretically a hot vintage, as in the wines nothing seems to show these extreme weather events: the wines’ appearance are bright and beautiful, the palate mouth filling and fruity, and tannins are structured but silky.

What The Critics Say...

Robert Parker wine score rating 94 plus

Another highpoint in this year’s range is the 2020 Moulin-à-Vent Le Moulin, a deep, concentrated wine evocative of cherries, blackberries, licorice, sweet spices and loamy soil. Full-bodied, layered and rich, with a sweet core of fruit, lively acids and a long, penetrating finish, this old-vine micro cuvée will reward patience. 94+ Points

The 2020 vintage has turned out well at the Château des Jacques, delivering concentrated, lively wines that ably conceal above-average alcohol levels and which show nuances of site with precision. Cyril Chirouze and his team continue to use important percentages of concrete for maturation these days, so overt oak influence really is a thing of the past. In the vineyards, organic conversion was launched in 2021. Precision and purity are the watchwords, and everything reviewed here comes recommended. — William Kelley, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

Château des Jacques is,
without wishing to indulge in hyperbole, entering a new golden age.

Historic and Prestigious Estate

The historic Château des Jacques estate, located in the village of Romanèche-Thorins in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious estate in Beaujolais. It was purchased by Louis Jadot in 1996, at which time Maison Louis Jadot became the first Burgundy house to own a major Beaujolais vineyard.

The Windmill

Moulin-a-Vent, or Windmill in French, is arguably the most noteworthy of the ten Beaujolais crus, located in the very north of the Beaujolais region. The vineyards of Moulin-a-Vent lie on the south- and southeast-facing slopes of the Beaujolais hills, where they are protected from harsh continental weather systems from the northwest. Instead, the region’s high sunlight hours and gentle cooling influences from the Mediterranean Sea in the south help to maximize the ripening period, leading to grapes with a good balance of flavor and acidity. The most distinctive and desirable feature of the terroir here comes from the manganese, a mineral that retards growth and results in a smaller yield of highly concentrated grapes with beautiful red hue are produced. This leads to deeper, more intensely flavored wines than are produced in other parts of Beaujolais.
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