Louis Jadot has two great single vineyard Beaujolais in Moulin a Vent – La Roche and this one, Clos de Rochegrès, both part of the beautiful 66 acre Chateau des Jacques estate purchased in 1996. Clos de Rochegrès is a 8 hectare vineyard which produces wines of great weight and character and capable of ageing ten years or more. The vines for this wine are located at the highest altitude of the appellation on gentle, red sandstone slopes. There are also underground streams which keep the vines well irrigated. The wine is made using traditional methods and aged in new oak casks. 100% Gamay, obviously!
Appearance: Good clear ruby red colour with some fading / brownish tinges around the rim.
Nose: Fruits of the forest, savoury, almost truffle-y notes with some farmyard aromas developing. Red fruits dominate with cherry, raspberry notes at the fore.
Palate: Full and rich. Quite velvety but with a firm backbone. More red fruits, cherry, peppery, spice.
A great Moulin a Vent, still youthful at 6 years from vintage and could quite easily deceive and pass as a Pinot Noir! Good stuff. The Chateau des Jacques website is even less conservative in its ageing potential! “The wine needs two or three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades.”
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