Diochon Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: OUTSTANDING Beaujolais.

Producer/Winery: Thomas Patenôtre; Domaine Diochon; Romaneche-Thorins, France.

Grape Variety: Gamay.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Moulin-à-Vent; Beaujolais; Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $22.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Salmon, pasta and peas in a cream sauce.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Just a tiny bit off clear, ruby color with a slight purple tint and a light purple rim. Cherry, raspberry and grapey aromas with hints of damp earth, oregano and other herbs. Smooth entry, lively, light and slightly pungent mouthfeel, light to medium body and a 150-grit texture. Enriched tart cherry, juicy raspberry and ripe strawberry flavors. Nice well integrated acidity, silky tannins that do have some show in the very long sour cherry and something burned tasting finish. Very nice Beaujolais with a textural mouthfeel that was really special and a finish that was lip licking good. Lots of depth and not as acidic as most Gamay. This made it easy drinking and more challenging to identify flavors and tastes. Possibly one of the best Beaujolais we’ve had in a long time. We called it OUTSTANDING Beaujolais.

Harvesting Gamay grapes at the Domaine Diochon
Photo from Kermit Lynch.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Aluminum covered 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 23216 8

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.