Chateau des Gimarets is from Moulin-a- Vent, a village in the region of Beaujolais, France. Chateau des Gimarets was founded in 1650, built on the foundation of a Roman Villa, caught fire in 1780, and was rebuilt in 1810. Today, Eric and Nathalie Boyer manage the estate. Since their acquisition in 2007, the two have completely modernized the winery with great effort to be mindful of the earth.
Beaujolais wines are, unfortunately, misunderstood by most wine drinkers as too light and uninteresting, which is not the case at all.
There is a very precise pecking order when it comes to Beaujolais. First, there is a wine simply called Beaujolais that is light and moderately simple. Then we look at Beaujolais-Villages, which mustcome from any of the 39 villages in the appellation. Finally, there is Cru Beaujolais. These do not normally display the name "Beaujolais" on their label so as not to be mistaken for Beaujolais Noveau, the most uninteresting one of the region. Cru Beaujolais is considered the highest in the Beaujolais category as it can only come from one of 10 villages in the region.
Moulin-a-Vent is one of those villages. They produce a rather sturdy wine with lovely nuances similar to Pinot Noir. The grape, however, is not Pinot but Gamay. Only a special clone of Gamay can be used here and it is highly considered in France.
As a result, the wine is nothing short of amazing. The color is a light magenta. The nose is shy, but with hints of currant and lilacs.
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