2015 Anita & Andre Kuhnel Moulin A Vent Cuvee Vieilles Vignes
"Produced from vines over 75 years old situated on the prestigious hill “des Caves” in Chenas, this wine offers a lovely finesse and elegance.
Maison Kuhnel was established by Jean-Pierre and Georgette Kuhnel back in 1943. Their beginning was quite modest: they possessed only 3.5 hectares of property located in Morgon and Beaujolais Villages. Their Morgon vineyard is in fact the oldest of their properties, dating back to 1943 when the Kuhnels first planted there. During their tenure, both the Moulin-à-Vent and Chénas were added to their holdings.
In 1973, Jean-Pierre and Georgette’s son André assumed management of the domaine. After years of professional cycling, André decided to undertake a career change and immersed himself in the world of wine. After earning his BEP, he spent many years perfecting his wine making craft, gradually gaining recognition and awards for his wines. André was joined by his wife, Anita, in 1996. Her arrival came after spending years as a professional cyclist on the European tour. In fact, it was through professional cycling that the two met. Now their energies and passions are entirely devoted to wine making.
Today, the estate covers an area of about 12 hectares within the areas of Beaujolais Villages, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, and Morgon. The last 3 are among the finest of the 10 Grand Crus of Beaujolais. The Kuhnels are devoted to managing every facet of their production. They personally tend to their vines from pruning each individual vine to harvesting the grapes. They are strict adherents to traditional techniques and standards. In fact, they continue to use the original wooden press that André’s parents first used back in 1943.
During the harvest, nothing is left to chance. Anita takes care of the vines and André pampers the grapes. Every evening, they taste all the wines together. Once the wine is finished, they crisscross France and Europe to taste their customers on the latest vintages." -Importer