Les Michelons 2018
Domaine Yohan Lardy
Region: Beaujolais

Tasting Notes

A striking, dark red robe with elegant and complex aromas of kirsch, blueberries and licorice. The palate is bright and focused with fine, supple tannins and mouth-watering acidity.

Gamay, like the Beaujolais region in which it thrives, is often misunderstood and underappreciated. Depending on how it is grown and vinified, it can produce simple, light fruity wines (Beaujolais Nouveau) as well as bigger, structured reds showing cherry, berries, pepper and roasted notes (Cru Beaujolais).

Known for being one of the sturdier Crus, Moulin-à-Vent’s name stems from a famous local windmill. The wines here are thought to be the most ageworthy and concentrated in Beaujolais. Their tannic structure is a direct result of the region’s manganese-inflected soils, that also add intensity and complexity to the finished product.

Sourced from the renowned ‘Les Michelons’ climat that is surrounded on all sides by stone walls and wild poppies. 100% Gamay with an average vine age of 85 years. Densely planted on red granite, sandstone and manganese soils at an elevation of 300m, facing due south.

Whole-cluster fermentation under native yeast in concrete vats over 14 days. Aged 10 months in neutral Burgundian barrels.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Gamay Noir

Classification: AÔC

Orientation: Southern exposure

Appellation: Moulin-à-Vent

Gradient: 300 masl

Soil: Red granite, sandstone and manganese

Farming Practices: Sustainable, organic practices

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable