Domaine les Gryphées, Moulin-à-Vent 2020
Gamay Noir｜Beaujolais, France
Pinot lovers take note! In a world of sky-high Burgundy, we're pleased to offer a superb bottling from a family-run estate significantly below $30, an almost disappearing category these days.
Gamay Noir, how we love thee! The flagship grape of the Beaujolais region and, if you don't already, a grape worth getting to know. Especially this cuvée, hailing from Moulin-à-Vent, arguably the finest and most respected of the ten Beaujolais "crus," so named for the ancient windmill that marks the cru, situated on the hill overlooking its eponymous vineyards.
Domaine les Gryphées is run by the Durdilly family: Pierre, his wife Cécile, and their son Guillaume. The estate is so named "Gryphées" for the ancient mollusk fossils (gryphae, in English) found throughout their vineyards. Remember: millions of years ago this part of France was a warm, shallow tropical sea; the crustaceans now form the basis of the finest sites. When planted to these soils the beautiful Gamay Noir grape shines with laser-like focus, lifted aromatics, and an explosion of rosy, purple-laced plum fruit. Well-developed fleshy purple fruits, textbook floral notes, and hints of unmistakeable minerality imparted from those ancient fossilized soils.
The French say the wines of Moulin-à-Vent are known to "pinoter" – to become "pinot-like" with age. Drink this cuvée now or age for another five years and see what they mean!