PAUL-HENRI THILLARDON moulin á vent 2018
The 2018 Moulin-à-Vent is exceptional, revealing aromas of rose petals, candied peel and red berries. Derived from the lieux-dits of Michelons and Pinson, the one east-facing and the other west-facing, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a layered and multidimensional core, ripe acids and fine tannins.
about the producer
contemporary beaujolais is rife with opportunity – overlooked terroirs, abandoned vines, appellations ripe for rehabilitation. but few young vignerons have committed to such ambitious challenges as brothers paul-henri and charles thillardon, who have positioned themselves as the future of beaujolais' smallest, sleepiest cru, chénas. in 2008, paul-henri thillardon began making wine from 3ha of vineyards, with the conviction that chénas has always been unjustifiably overshadowed by moulin-à-vent. he has slowly added new parcels to form the 12ha he works today. from the start, he has farmed organically, working some of the vineyards with a horse and using biodynamic treatments. in 2009, he met fleurie winemakers and lynchpins of the fleurie natural winemaking scene, jean-louis dutraive and yvon métras, who took the young paul-henri under their wing. until 2015, paul-henri partially destemmed most cuvées and practiced a more burgundian vinification. starting in 2014, he decided to switch to semi-carbonic, and then went fully cool semi-carbonic in 2015, following in the footsteps of his mentors. with the dedication and attention to detail of the thillardons, the future of natural chénas is in good hands