Moulin A Vent is often considered the finest Beaujolais Cru and consequently the finest Beaujolais wine.
Beaujolais Cru wine are made almost always from the Gamay red grape in ten designated villages within the Beaujolais region of southeastern France. These wines tend to be higher quality than regular or Beaujolais Villages wines. Many wine appreciation class tests ask you to name the ten Beaujolais Cru wines. In the $16 range look for the Domaine Guy Voluet Juliénas that is quite floral and smells of berries and peaches. The Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château Des Jacques in the $30 range has intense fruit and good tannins, hardly typical of run of the mill Beaujolais.
Beaujolais Cru wines may be substituted for other Beaujolais wines when it comes to food. And remember, almost every one of our food categories contains at least one recommendation for Beaujolais wine.
Beaujolais Cru will cost you a few dollars more than Beaujolais Villages wine. It is probably worth paying. You can store Beaujolais Cru red wines for several years, depending on the particular one. In the best vintages wines made in the vin de garde (wine to be kept) style may be stored for up to twelve years or more, depending on the particular Cru. I have never tasted a ten or twenty year old Beaujolais Cru, but am quite willing to take my chances.