Fleurie

2018
France
Beaujolais

100% Gamay. Fleurie is one of Jean-Paul's two largest cru holdings, with 6 hectares all in the famous lieu-dit of Grille Midi, a south-facing amphitheater of vines on poor, sandy, decomposed-granite soils over hard granite rock. The difference between this regular Fleurie bottling and his Grille Midi bottling is vine age and elevage. This Fleurie is from the younger vines, clocking in around 40 years old (versus 60 years and up for Grille Midi). As for his other wines, the vinification is traditional Burgundian. The maceration is 3-4 weeks in concrete, the shortest of all along with that of his Côte de Brouilly. Aging is also in concrete for 6-8 months (versus aging in foudres for the Grille Midi bottling).  

93 points
"The 2018 Fleurie from Domaine des Terres Dorées is an outstanding example of the vintage and has a nice touch of red fruit in its aromatic profile- no small feat in the torrid summer of 2018. The bouquet is bright and bouncy, jumping from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, pomegranate, pigeon, woodsmoke, a complex base of dark soil tones, a touch of coffee bean and a lovely topnote of baking spices. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tangy and a touch chewy, with a fine core of fruit, good mineral undertow, modest tannins and a long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is going to age superbly well and really deserves a few years in the cellar to start to properly blossom on the backend and drink with true generosity. Expect it to cellar as well as the gold standard in the appellation, Clos de la Roilette. 2023-2050. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0308-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay
Farming Type: 
Sustainable