Domaine Patrick Tranchand Rochegres Moulin-a-Vent 2020
Gamay | France
Cru Beaujolais are some of the most tragically under-appreciated wines in the world. We think that’s a shame…the undeniable quality, and supreme value, make this a wine that more people should drink – on the regular. One taste of this 93 point beauty, from 80-year-old vines, and a tiny production of just 440 cases – and you’ll understand – Moulin-À-Vent is tough to beat!
For UNDER $20 – this 100% gamay noir has a whole lot going on. From one of Moulin-À-Vent’s highest regarded sites, Rochegrès, this wine combines the red fruit and red floral notes of your favorite pinot noir, with a powerful minerality and structure sourced from the rocky, granitic soils loaded with manganese and iron. Aromas of hibiscus, and peonies, with flavors of cranberry, red raspberry, and juicy currants – this is the perfect juxtaposition of pretty and powerful. Roasted herbs, and graphite, and gravelly rock sensations complement the abundance of red fruit – with a beautifully integrated acidity that ensures this wine will develop over two decades. How many wines at less than $20 a bottle can boast that?
Patrick Tranchand has been at the helm here, making wines from Beaujolais top crus, since 1994. He inherited his father’s domaine, which has farmed these same plots since 1960. The vineyard is all planted on a hillside, at 1000 feet above sea level, right along the boundary that separates Beaujolais from Burgundy’s Maconnais region. It really is a marvel of a site, and for decades has lifted the appellation of Moulin-À-Vent to become one of the most respected crus of Beaujolais. Don’t miss a chance to discover this – your wine world will never be the same!
About the Producer
Since 1994, Patrick Tranchand has overseen the management of Haut-Poncié, a domain bequeathed to him by his father and a cherished family heritage since 1960. Patrick is driven by a deep passion to highlight and articulate the unique terroir of this region.
The vineyard operations, rooted in traditional vinification and the meticulous practice of hand-harvesting, are conducted with a profound reverence for the Beaujolais terroir. The estate encompasses 16 hectares of pristine Beaujolais vines, spanning across Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, and Saint-Amour. Patrick, alongside his dedicated team, takes immense pride in upholding traditional methods of vineyard management and winemaking techniques, ensuring a commitment to the authenticity and character of the wines produced.