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Moulin-à-Vent 2011, Château des Jacques

One of the themes I have been exploring is wines in the Mâconnais and Beaujolais produced by wine-makers in the Côte d'Or.... Comtes Lafon, Thibault Liger-Belair, etc. This movement south has been created by the insanely high cost - and limited supply - of vineyards in the Côte d'Or. The Château des Jacques is owned by the huge negoçiant Louis Latour. Tasted blind, this seven year old Moulin-à-Vent has a thick almost opaque dark red colour with some brick at the rim. From the colour would be hard to think of as a pinot noir. A welcoming nose bramble, licorice, cooked meat, seaweed and ripe rhubarb. Medium acidity, medium plus chewy tannins, rustic in a good way. The palate is more about structure than about ripe fruit which is somewhat surprising. Overall a great wine to have with grilled meats or a beef stew. Scores 64-68/100.

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