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Henry Fessy Moulin-à-Vent Crus du Beaujolais 2009

My sister’s fiancé, graciously modeling his
magnificent mustache for my wine bottle photography.

My sister and her fiancé came over to catch one of the Rangers’ playoff games the other night. Since it was going to be a nail-biter [they did end up losing] I fancied a fun, cheerful glass to settle me into a better frame of mind, so I popped open Henry Fessy Moulin-à-Vent Crus du Beaujolais 2009. The Fessy Family has been making wine since 1888, when their vineyards were located solely in the Brouily appellation. Through the years they purchased choice vineyards, resulting in their presence in nearly all of the 10 Beaujolais Crus. The average vine age is 50 years, and whilst not sustainable or organic, they try to be environmentally friendly with practices such as significantly reducing the chemicals used in production and instead employing “natural biological methods”. The Moulin-à-Vent boundaries were set in 1924 and wines from this appellation tend to be quite substantial with good ageing potential, due to the sandy soils that sit upon granite rich in manganese.

Dark ruby with violet highlights, aromas of delicate cherry blossom, summer strawberries and warm, wet river stones swirled about in my glass. Luscious mixed berry pie flavours of blueberry, blackberry and cherry were balanced by a bright acidity in the smooth, medium body. White peppercorn and stony minerals abounded in the spicy, vibrant finish. Well balanced and easy drinking, this is a friendly and elegant glass perfect for the patio, dinner or all on its own.
100% Gamay

Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais
Mis en Bouteille par [Bottled by] Henry Fessy
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2014

*Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator

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