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VIN DE FRANCE
Semi-translucent, vivid purple
ALC. BY VOL.:
Rustic, honest, straightforward, ruggedly delicious.
Southern France is the largest vineyard area in France, and accordingly produces some of the best, but also much of its most ordinary, wine blends. We met the winemaker for Moulinet while we were eating outside at a dusty, sunbaked bistro, whiling away the hours while alternating between bites of roast duck, sips of the local red blend, and pouring over maps trying to make sense of the patchwork of appellations. He overheard us talking and brought over a glass to try blind, and we were floored.
Moulinet is so distinctive, so refined, a level of class that we had not yet found after days of traveling along the region’s back roads. We replied with an exuberant “we’ll take it!” right there on the spot. Sourced from some of the best vineyards of Southern France, Moulinet is incredibly evocative, scintillatingly expressive and very, very easy to like.
GRACE IN HUMILITY:
Moulinet is sourced from vineyards that lie along the south-facing flanks of the limestone hills that run parallel to the Mediterranean coast, among fields of lavender and groves of olive trees. The pace of life is slow in this part of France, and it’s almost as though the grapevines take their cues from this laid-back atmosphere, ripening slowly and consistently reaching optimum levels of maturity.
In southern France, wine is a beverage necessary for the daily drudgery of life working in the fields. It is drunk straight from the canteen as life is paused for the critical daily affair of lunch, which provides the sustenance and energy needed to continue with the day’s farming activities. Varieties like Grenache and Syrah are, like the residents of the southern France, honest, hardy examples of regional specialties that achieve spectacular heights of quality without frills or fuss.