Les Michelons 2019

Producer: Domaine Yohan Lardy
Region: Beaujolais
Appellation: Moulin-à-Vent
Country: France
Classification: AÔC
Wine Type: Red
Variety: Gamay Noir
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13%
Soil: Red granite, sandstone and manganese
Farming Practices: Sustainable, organic practices
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Cellar Profile


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 age worthy 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.


Gamay, like the Beaujolais region in which it thrives, is often misunderstood and under appreciated. 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).


Hand-harvested in small buckets before whole-cluster fermentation under native yeast in concrete vats over 14 days. After fermentation is complete, the wines are racked into neutral oak Burgundy barrels for 10 months to soften tannins and flesh out.

Tasting Notes 

Deep ruby in colour, there are aromas of blueberry, kirsch, red cherry and a touch of tomato leaf. Medium-bodied and zesty, with supple tannins, there’s richness and ripeness to the fruit on the palate. Sweet n’ sour elements and some savoury umami hints would make this a great choice for charcoal-grilled burgers.