Domaine Fond Moiroux
The Renaissance of an historic estate in Beaujolais
The Fond Moiroux (pronounced “mwah-roo”) wine estate in Beaujolais was founded in the auspicious year of 1789 (Vive la France!). It is located in Cogny, a small village west of Villefranche-sur-Saône, in the Pierres Dorées (“golden stones”) area of southern Beaujolais. The name of this area refers to the reddish-gold limestone rock found there, which makes an excellent vineyard soil and was also used in the construction of the estate buildings.
In 2008, the estate was acquired by Bernd Bachhausen, a former banker from Luxembourg. This was a lifelong dream of Bernd and his wife Marie, who long ago fell in love with the rolling hills and beautiful wines of the region. Since acquiring the Domaine, they have been busy revitalizing the health of the vineyards and the quality of the wines, as well as restoring the formerly excellent reputation of the estate itself. Their goal is to produce joyful wines that show the character of the region and bring great pleasure to the table.
This is universally considered to be the most prestigious of the ten Beaujolais crus. The Moulin-à-Vent cru covers an area of 670 hectares (1,655 acres) in the hilly northern part of Beaujolias region, where sandy granite soils, with a high content of magnesium, give the wines their characteristic structure, floral complexity and ageing potential. The four parcels owned by Fond Moiroux have an average vine age of 45 years and lie between 100 and 400 meters down the slope from the famous windmill that gives the appellation its name.