The Champ de Cour in Moulin-à-Vent covers 31 hectares, of which the Chastels own a charming smaller part of 1.2 hectares. This particular piece of land lies to the south-east of the town centre, characterised by deep weathered granite soils and Piedmont, an ancient alluvial deposit. The heart of this wine, the Gamay noir à jus blanc, is already about 50 years old and yields a respectful 25 to 35 hl/ha. Through careful selection and handwork, whole, undamaged bunches were covered by lightly crushed layers of berries, resulting in a semi-carbonic maceration. After this process, the wine is patiently aged in cement tanks for one year.
The wine presents itself in a cloudy, intense violet, which keeps its dense colour until the rim.
The engaging bouquet evokes thoughts of an overflowing fruit basket with red and dark delicacies such as sour cherries, raspberries, blackberries, plums and pomegranate. A fine aromatic structure is complemented by hints of orange peel, spicy liquorice, Assam tea and violet pastille. It is a fragrance to simply sink into.
On the palate, the 2020 Moulin-à-Vent Champ de Cour unfolds its full glory - juicy, spicy and remarkably powerful. This Beaujolais captivates with a fleshy texture marked by spices and pepper, setting new standards. It is the perfect choice for pairing with hearty stews, game dishes and savoury cheeses.
Matching dishes with this wine could be a tender venison lead fillet on a salad of kohlrabi and quince, duck confit with herbed oyster mushrooms and dried plums, or a small cheese platter with Picodon cheese, black walnuts and redcurrant jelly served with walnut bread.
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