Domaine Anita Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This wine comes from one of the top vineyard sites in Moulin-à-Vent.
- The grapes are destemmed. The vat is drawn and then matured for a long time in oak barrels.
Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay
Elaboration: Lieux dit La Rochelle, grows in pink granitic soils with a South–South/East exposure. Grown at high altitude (240 meters), this vineyard is 50 years old. The vines are Gobelet trained. The vineyard is harvested and sorted manually. Vinification is 100% destemmed grapes. Cold start pre-fermentation maceration at 8 degrees for 4 days. The total maceration takes 24 days, with daily cap punching. The wine is aged 6 months, with 1/3 in a cement tank and 2/3 in barrels..
Tasting Notes: “You have to pinch yourself to remind yourself that this really is Beaujolais. Very deep wet-earth and black-fruit nose that’s bewitching. Enormous concentration and finesse on the widescreen, velvety palate. With a little more drive at the finish, this would rate even higher, but it still blew our minds! Drink or hold.” ~ James Suckling
2018 – 91 Wine Advocate
2019 – 97 James Suckling | 93 Wine Enthusiast
2020 – 94 Wine Enthusiast | 96 James Suckling
2021 – 94 Wine Enthusiast
Domaine Anita is named after Anita Kuhnel who has been making wine under the Domaine Anita since 2015. Today, Domaine Anita includes some of the most prestigious crus of Beaujolais including Moulin à Vent, Morgon, Chénas, Fleurie, as well as some plots located on great terroirs of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation. Anita’s viticultural practices are specific to each plot, but always within her overarching philosophy of sustainable viticulture, with minimal treatments, green harvesting and strong canopy management.