2020 Domaine Anita Moulin-a-Vent Reine de Nuit, Beaujolais, France
The Beaujolais resurgence is being led in a big part by women winery owners and winemakers. One of those women is Anita Kuhnel who owns Domaine Anita. A 2021 regional report by James Suckling called her out specifically. Noting that she founded the Domaine in 2015, the report comments that “her twin obsessions with quality and strictly vinifying each plot of vineyard separately earned her two 95-plus ratings in our report. Her wines are concentrated and plush.”
Anita’s viticultural philosophy is one of sustainable viticulture, with minimal treatments, green harvesting, and strong canopy management. Assisted by Guy Marion, former head of winemaking at Georges Duboeuf,she produces several excellent wines, like this 2020 Domaine Anita Moulin-a-Vent Reine de Nuit Beaujolais, a wine that has been highly praised by James Suckling in its 95pt review, where he called it a wine with "staggering freshness that makes this really stand out in the Moulin-a-Vent context."
In Suckling’s report, he noted that only 10% of the wines from the region received a score of 95 or better. That makes this wine one of the top 10% wines in the entire region. Those who already are sold on the Beaujolais resurgence and those who are curious to taste what it’s all about should jump on this excellent wine that’s also a fantastic value.
On top of that, 2020 was a very good vintage for Beaujolais, one that Vinous Media awarded with 90 points stating that "2020 display depth as well as juiciness, much like the best examples from 2019."
100% Gamay from 40-year-old vines. Aromas of jammy black fruits, rose scents, roasted mocha notes, and hints of vanilla and spices.On the palate, smoothness and generosity combine to form a sublime harmony.
Rated 95 Points James Suckling
A cornucopia of forest berries with delicate licorice and herb-liqueur nuances, animated by staggering freshness that makes this really stand out in the Moulin-a-Vent context. Concentrated and beautifully balanced, in spite of the serious tannin structure, this has a dangerous amount of energy at the firm, mineral finish. Great aging potential, but delicious now. Drink or hold.