2022 Domaine Anita Moulin-à-Vent Coeur de Vigneronne
"It is clearly the most extraordinary wine I ever encountered from Beaujolais and a high-point of my 40 years of wine tasting!" — Stuart Pigott at JamesSuckling.com. Domaine Anita has achieved 100 points at James Suckling for the Moulin-à-Vent Coeur de Vigneronne 2021! Anita Neveu has always achieved high scores, but this is the first time 100 points. It is extra special, because it is the very first time that a wine from Beaujolais has received 100 points from one of the great reviewers.
Anita Kuhnel used to be a professional cyclist. With the same 'drive', she now puts all her energy into making Beaujolais wines at Domaine Anita. Anita only uses high quality terroirs for this. With this she makes wines from the Gamay grape that have already received several high scores from renowned critics, including Robert Parker, James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast. Suckling(96/100) writes about the 2020 Tres Vieille Vigne: "... This Beaujolais masterpiece is so concentrated and so pure, with lush, velvety sensuality that reminds me of great Pomerol"
The Gamay grapes for this Anita Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle come from the lieu-dit 'La Rochelle' in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. This vineyard is located on a pink granite subsoil, at an altitude of 240 meters, and is oriented to the south/southeast. The vines are 50 years old. The grapes are hand-picked and selected in the vineyard. 80% of the grapes are destemmed. During fermentation, the 'hat' (the skins that float to the top) is pressed down daily to extract more flavor and tannins. Fermentation lasts 14 days. After fermentation, the wine matures for 11 months in oak barrels and then 5 months in the bottle. In the glass, the Moulin-à-Vent Coeur de Vigneronne is beautifully radiant ruby red with a purple glow at the edge. In the nose we smell red cherries, raspberries, lavender, irises and roses. In the mouth the wine is generous, mineral and wonderfully firs with again the fresh red fruit supplemented with vanilla, mocha, cloves, white pepper and earth. This is a delicious wine with a grilled steak or a shepherd's pie.
James Suckling (100/100) on 2021
Imagine gorging yourself on a whole handful of the ripest wild blackberries and that is the beginning of this great journey! On the palate there's a breathtaking interplay of mineral freshness with a small ocean of berry fruit and super-fine tannins. An endless finish that's so complex and so vibrant it makes you glad to be alive. Decades of aging potential. Drink or hold.
Anita Kuhnel used to be a professional cyclist. With the same drive, she now puts all her energy into making Beaujolais wines at Domaine Anita. Anita only uses high-quality terroirs for this. With this she makes wines from the Gamay grape that has already received several high scores from renowned critics, including Robert Parker, James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast.
Anita Kuhnel will retire from cycling in 2015 and will make it her mission to create top Beaujolais. She buys carefully selected terroirs in the crus Moulin-à-Vent, Morgon, Chénas and Fleurie. The de-stalking of grapes and the use of wood give extra depth to her wines. Sulfite use is kept to a minimum. Her wines are particularly rich, concentrated wines that live up to the full potential of Gamay and also have a very good aging potential. Chénas is one of the smallest crus of Beaujolais and therefore a Beaujolais not often seen. The soils contain a lot of granite, which causes the vines to root more deeply. That gives small, concentrated grapes with a lot of taste. Morgon is one of the richest Beaujolais styles. The soils consist of granite and schist, of volcanic origin. With a lot of iron in the soil, the wines have more structure and earthy notes. What is exceptional about Moulin-à-Vent is the high amount of manganese in the granite soils. This manganese limits the yield, making the wines extra concentrated and deeper in taste, with more tannins. It is the fullest of all Beaujolais crus, and can also age very well. In Fleurie, Anita makes the Fleurie Poncié, which stands out for its strong floral, aromatic character.
|Type of Wine
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|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
|Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch