2015 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent SKU #1274419

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K&L Notes

Neal Martin writes: "Readers will already be aware of my appreciation for the wines of Jean-Paul Brun at Domaine de la Terres Dorrée, located in Charnay in Southern Beaujolais. Having not found time to visit Jean-Paul last year, it was time to ring his doorbell. Unfortunately, his winery is one of those that is difficult to locate due to lack of signage. Indeed, Jean-Paul’s wife was giving me directions on my mobile phone while Jean-Paul himself was waving in my rear-view mirror. Once inside, we tasted in his small tasting room where he welcomes visitors that drop by, though this being Southern Beaujolais, I suspect they are fans of his wines rather than those making a tour of the village crus in Northern Beaujolais. He told me how he established the domaine back in 1979 with about four hectares of vine, his father selling fruit to the local co-operative, a practice that is, of course, still common in this part of the region. He has now expanded to 30 hectares. There are two points that distinguish Jean-Paul from his contemporaries. First, the white wines are an important part of his portfolio, and second, he practices a 'Bourguignon' approach to vinifying his wines, de-stemming his clusters, the use of natural yeasts, no carbonic maceration and maturation in either concrete or wooden vats. 'It was a difficult flowering,' Jean-Paul informed me, 'so there was late maturity. Crops were around 30% down compared to last year.'"

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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    10/18/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    We recently tasted a fairly comprehensive line-up of Beaujolais, and I think for several of us this definitely took best in show, for its value, fruit intensity and sheer deliciousness. Jean Paul Brun is a good producer, whose wines always seem to showcase bright fruit and vintage character, which in this case means that the fruit is generous, but still sufficiently balanced to remind you that the grapes were grown in solid terroir in Moulin a Vent. As with other top wines from this Beaujolais cru, there is less earthiness and less of a floral quality, more of a direct fruity richness to this wine. Highly recommended.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    5/20/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Fresh Bing cherry and red plum aromas with spice notes jump out of the glass immediately. This is very soft and friendly Beaujolais but with beautiful brightness throughout. On the palate plum and cherry flavors linger on, and overall the wine is smooth and inviting. If you just starting to explore Beaujolais, this Moulin-A-Vent is a great start. It will make you want to know more and try other Crus of Beaujolais.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    5/18/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Showcasing the warmer vintage of 2015 does not mean this wine falls flat and flabby in any way. Dark and smokey notes on the nose play with the wild cherry and spice. There is plenty of structure here with some herbal notes and a mouth-coating tannic feel that can fool you into thinking you opened a bottle from another area of Burgundy. Looking for a Gamay that will happily play with a roast or pork loin? This wine will happily come to dinner.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    5/18/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Spicy dark red fruits are the hallmark of this delicious Moulin-a-Vent. Black cherry, licorice and cola notes mingle on the palate while cool acidity helps to give the finish lift. This wine demonstrates great texture and balance a hallmark of the stunning 2015 vintage in Beaujolais.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

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