Domaine Diochon Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes 2018
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At the foot of the rolling vineyards of Moulin-à-Vent, Domaine Diochon has been making Beaujolais the old-fashioned way since 1935. Bernard Diochon succeeded his father in 1967. As a torchbearer to the ancestral methods passed down to him, Bernard explains, “I like tannic wines without heaviness; with fruit and floral aromas. Every vigneron naturally chooses to make wines in the style they prefer.” In 2007, Bernard wanted to retire but had no heirs. He appointed Thomas Patenôtre as his heir apparent, which has turned out to be an easy transition. We are grateful that the Diochon tradition continues through Thomas, safeguarding the ancestral methods that have distinguished the domaine’s wines for nearly a century. Domaine Diochon is known for classically styled Moulin-à-Vent. The Gamay-based reds have muscle without bulk, tannin without astringency, juicy-ripe fruit without flab, and the ability to drink now or age gracefully in the cellar.
Look for deep, dark aromas of earth and blackberries in a powerful, yet quaffable style.
Wine AdvocateRevisited a year later, the 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes continues to show very well, exhibiting a rich and inviting bouquet of black cherries, licorice, smoked meats, anise, orange rind and peonies. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, its deep core of fruit is framed by ripe tannins and succulent acids, concluding with a sapid finish. This is sufficiently demonstrative to drink well today-preferably with a rare steak or similar-but it will also age well. In style, it's quite reminiscent of the 2009, which is in its prime.