In reponse to @GuidoD’s request for my Beaujolais musings we opened a 2104 Thibault Liger-Belair Moulin à Vent “Les Rouchaux” I didn’t know whether to add this to a weekday drinking thread or start a Beaujolais thread.
Is cru Beaujolais worthy of a thread? With this wine the answer is yes. There are other makers of top notch cru such as Marcel Lapierre, Julien Sanier, Guy Breton and others. They too are worthy of a thread.
Assessing this Moulin à Vent, it comes from a parcel in the vineyard in the commune of "Romanèche-Thorins. Soil is 2 mtrs clay sand and silt so there is good drainage and water holding capacity.
Moulon à Vent is probably the most atypical Beaujolais cru and this wine is very high quality.
Pale ruby bordering on garnet. Spicy, vanilla and black fruit nose, but palate is magnificent. Elegant, but concentrated, fine tannins, ripe primary flavours but touches of tertiary: savoury, spice, pepper, game and mushroom. But after an hour the red fruit came to the front. This is a wine that is always evolving in the glass.
3 week fermentation with light extraction. 15 months in foudre. It does have a Burgundian feel to it but for about £27 it is class all the way.
Liger-Belair is a traditional Burgundian family and if I were to be pushed this wine reminds me of Nuits st Georges. Goes well with a grilled pork chop.