Like all old estates, the Château des Gimarets has a rich history and has produced Moulin-à-Vent wines since 4 centuries.
The region of Beaujolais was first cultivated by the Romans who planted the areas along their trading route up the Saône Valley. They had already planted different wine varietals. Since the Middle Ages the Gamay varietal has become the grape variety in Beaujolais.
The Château des Gimarets winery started in the 17th century, during the reign of Louis XIV, when Molière was giving his plays, Lully composing his music and Rembrandt his paintings. The castle was built in 1650 on the foundation of a Roman Villa already surrounded by vineyards.
Due to a fire in 1780, it was rebuilt in 1810 by order of a lawyer, Louis Chaumet, a French prosecutor of Mâcon. Since then it has looked like a big square romantic house, with its specifically symmetric roofs and windows.This romantic house is located in a bicentennial park with very old trees like cedar trees, oak trees and pine trees facing the vineyards, near the windmill.
Eric and Nathalie Boyer have owned the estate since 2007, modernized its equipment and grown 4.4 hectares of vineyards.
With their ambitious project of nature-conscious wine growing, they have produced a top-quality wine which has regularly won medals. It is also listed in the renowned French 'Guide Hachette', and is a medalist from the 'Mâcon International Wine Fair', the 'Tastevinage of Clos Vougeot', 'Les Grands Vins du Beaujolais of Villefranche-sur-Saône', the 'Féminalise of Beaune'...
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Moulin à Vent is one of the ten red Beaujolais Crus. Beaujolais is located in the north of the town of Lyon, between Mâcon and Villefranche-sur-Saône. The Moulin-à-Vent vines are grown partly in the commune of Romanèche-Thorins (334 hectares) and around the commune of Chénas (312 hectares). There is indeed no commune or village called 'Moulin-à-Vent': its name comes from an old windmill standing on the hill that overlooks the vineyards.
The appellation, created in 1924, is the most noteworthy of the ten Beaujolais Crus, sometimes called "the King of Beaujolais". Moulin-à-Vent wines are robust, with much tannin, and are the most full-bodied Beaujolais wines.
In its youth it is a vivid ruby-red wine, with a fine bouquet, though Moulin-à-Vent ages well. As it does, it loses some of its fruity freshness typical of Beaujolais to acquire more Pinot-like characteristics.
Moulin à Vent, this prestigious worldwide known AOC offering a high quality wine, is an exceptional Cru.
Represented by its emblematic windmill on the top of the hill, it faces the Château des Gimarets
Château des Gimarets wine
The elegant and delicate Château des Gimarets wine comes from the Gamay vine varietal. The vine grows in a pink granitic sand soil where grapes benefit from an optimum sunlight.
The whole lot of Château des Gimarets vineyards is located around the Château des Gimarets itself.
The soil is very homogeneous, typical of the 'Moulin à Vent' appellation. It is made of pink granitic sand, due to the decomposition of pink granit. These soils on the hill are rather light, poor and acid, typical of the Château des Gimarets area.
The vine is cut in the 'low goblet pruning' style. The planting density is high, 10 000 vine plants per hectare, very beneficial to the quality of a great wine. The average age of the vine is 45 years old.
Moreover The Château des Gimarets uses a traditional and nature-conscious method until the hand harvest.
The result: the Château des Gimarets wine is a French wine of exception, an emblematic wine of Beaujolais and a typical estate-bottled wine of Moulin-à-Vent