2019 Yohan Lardy Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes de 1903 (750ml)

Gamay from Moulin-A-Vent, Beaujolais, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Beaujolais is re-emerging as the great wine it once was, before being commercialized and commoditized beginning in the 1970s. As a result, land prices began to plummet and farming vineyards there became a sure to lose proposition. This cycle began to reverse a decade ago as depressed land prices yielded to gentrification; folks with historical wine perspective, who knew this to be a great opportunity.

Yohan Lardy is a rising star. Having worked at the family domaine with his father Lucien Lardy and his talents recognized, Yohan was sent to viticultural college then off to explore winemaking globally – gathering all the insights he could. Most influential was his time working with Pinot Noir in Oregon. Returning to Beaujolais, again working with his father, he acquired some vineyards of his own and began his own estate employing his learned sensibilities with Pinot Noir as applied to Gamay.

The Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes de 1903 (yes, that is vines planted in 1903) is a single vineyard parcel, planted to a rootstock called Riparia Gloire; lower yielding, quality focused, seldom seen today. Isolating this plot, Yohan will show you what Grand Cru Beaujolais was, and is.


The gigantic nose envelopes you instantly in a cloud of expressive darkness. Wet-earth, smoked-bacon, elderberry and delicate spice aromas suck you into this Beaujolais black hole, where everything is densely packed, but somehow remains weightless, as if you were in outer space. Great tannins that are so beautifully integrated and drive the long, cool finish off towards the nearest star. Drink or hold.

97 points, James Suckling (Apr 2021)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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