2022 Domaine Anita Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle
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. 100% of the grapes are destemmed and are first cold soaked for 4 days. Then the fermentation starts, with the 'hat' (the skins that float to the top) pressed down daily to extract more flavor and tannins. Fermentation lasts 24 days. After fermentation, the wine ages for 6 months in a combination of oak barrels and cement tanks.
In the glass, the Anita Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle is ruby red with a purple glow. In the nose, this delightful wine has intense notes of black cherries, dried flowers, black pepper and earth. In the mouth the wine is concentrated and rich, with very juicy acidity and soft tannins and a strong mineral aftertaste. Delicious with roast venison.
- This Beaujolais masterpiece is so concentrated and so pure, with lush, velvety sensuality that reminds me of great Pomerol. But there's also almost breathtaking brightness, thanks to the magical combination of gamay and granite. Great mineral freshness at the ripe yet pristine finish." - James Suckling
- "This wine comes from one of the top vineyards in Moulin-à-Vent. With bold structure and a strongly mineral texture from the pink granite soil, the wine has aging potential. The black fruits are still young and need to mature further. Drink from 2024." - Wine Enthusiast
- "Domaine Anita's 2018 Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle reveals a rich bouquet of cherries and plum preserve, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate bursting with dark fruit that largely conceals its youthfully chewy tannins." - 91 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate on the 2018 vintage
- "Dark berry and damson fruit aromas on the nose. Quite a lot of chewiness on the palate, ripe and concentrated. Drinking Window 2021 - 2028" - 90 points, Decanter on the 2019 vintage
- "Lurid ruby. Candied red and blue fruit and floral pastille scents are complicated by hints of violet and licorice. Sappy black raspberry and blueberry flavors blend power and finesse and take on a spicy nuance with air. Closes long, broad and gently sweet, with building tannins and an echo of ripe blue fruit." - 90 points, Vinous about the 2018 vintage
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
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
|Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch