Domaine Gerard Charvet
M. Gérard Charvet
Moulin A Vent
The appellation of Moulin A Vent is well known for the 300 year old windmill that still stands among the vines as well as its rich and robust style of beaujolais. Gérard Charvet farms 14 hectares in this appellation spread throughout 5 different “lieus dits”. The parcels are all located on the higher elevations of this cru and his vines have an average age of 45 years.
The soil is decomposed granite rich in the mineral manganese. The manganese was heavily mined in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries. M. Charvet’s vineyard is planted at the density of 10,000 to 12,000 plants per hectare and the soil is worked traditionally to encourage the deep growth of the roots. A strict regime of pruning and green harvesting insures low yields. The “cuvaison” lasts 12 to 14 days and is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured for a minimum of 9 months , a portion in old barrels and a portion in vat before blending and bottling.