This is my wine right now: Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent 2010.
If you invite me to a dinner party, here’s what you’ll be getting. If you host me at your house upstate, here’s what I’ll be bringing. If you catch me at home on a weeknight, this is what I’ll be sipping with dinner. I get it at Garnet Wines in person for $22 but I don’t see it for sale from the site.
The Domaine des Terres Dorées is run by the able Jean-Paul Brun, and imported by the very selective Louis/Dressner Selections. Moulin-à-Vent is among the best of the Beaujolais appellations, all situated in the Burgundy region of France. Beaujolais wines are built on the charms of the gamay grape, an ancient and hearty varietal that produces a richly colored but light-bodied wine.
The Moulin-à-Vent 2010 feels like something you’ve been working towards, like all of those fruity wines, earthy wines, dry wines and spicy wines you’ve tasted over the years have settled down into one sensible location (sort of like when you meet the right person!). Yes, fruit is the star of the show, in both the aroma and on the palate, but that’s somehow perfectly balanced with a grounding minerality. Nod your head with a knowing ‘right,’ this is what wine is supposed to do.
I’m going to leave the professional description to someone more qualified – you can read the Vins Rare review at Snooth here.
Happy hunting . . . Anne