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Stephane Aviron Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2018

Price: $19.99

Producer Stephane Aviron
Country France
Region Burgundy
Subregion Moulin-a-Vent
Varietal Gamay
Vintage 2018
Sku 30608
Size 750ml

Stéphane Aviron has adopted an almost radical return to tradition in Beaujolais: sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. His cru Beaujolais drink like fine Burgundy. Historically considered “poor man’s Burgundy,” a modern movement toward fruity, simple, quaffing wines boosted sales but eroded the region’s traditional quality. Stéphane Aviron has reversed the trend. By focusing on the Beaujolais village crus, the best sites for unique, expressive wines, and finding old parcels of vines, Aviron creates very expressive, age-worthy wines relying on traditional and new methods, including organic and biodynamic vineyard management. All wines are labeled “Vieilles Vignes,” old vines, because the vines are at least 40 years old.

2018 was one of the best vintages Stéphane Aviron has made in the past twenty years and by some considerations a perfect vintage for Beaujolais! This wine has expressive black cherry and wild strawberry aromas with a firm structure in the mouth. Its mineral underpinning and firm but ripe tannins help it age perhaps longer than any of the Beaujolais crus. The Moulin à Vent is very elegant yet fleshy, and can be enjoyed right away or aged for several years.

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