Fleurie Grille Midi
100% Gamay. Fleurie is one of Jean-Paul's two largest cru holdings: 6 hectares all within the famous lieu-dit of Grille Midi. Grille Midi is a sunny, hot, south-facing amphitheater of vines on poor, sandy, decomposed-granite soils over hard granite rock. It yields Gamay of power and structure, the effect magnifed by the old age of Jean-Paul's vines dating back to the 1950's. The wine is made the exact same traditional Burgundian way as the rest of the cru bottlings: destemmed and fermented with native yeasts in tank. It has the longest of macerations, along with the Moulin-à-Vent, at around 6 weeks and is aged in foudre for 8-10 months. Bottled with a light flitration and minimal sulfur.