Beaujolais Cru beauty: Piron & Lameloise Moulin-à-Vent 2017

Brought this bottle to a tasting with friends, and everybody loved it. I’m not always as successful with Beaujolais Cru but this time it really shined. It reminds me to the 2019 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette, by the way.

Developed and mellow, I would not keep it any longer, but it is just lovely right now. It’s not pinot-like but the experience is like drinking a good pinot: it’s fragrant and delicate. Faded roses, rose hips with a bit of bacon, a classic mature Beaujolais Cru nose, savoury and aromatic at the same time, this is how carbonic gamay ages. Hardly medium-bodied with light extraction, but tannins are stemmy and firm, adding a nice grip on the finish. Not as complex as a great Burgundy, but just as finessed and exciting. A great wine, 90 points. Drink now. It’s around 17 € in France.