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Wine Details
Frédéric Maignet, Consultant Oenologist talking with Grégory Barbet, President, in the cellars while sampling red wines

Fleurie 2018

Beaujolais
  • 75cl bottle

An elegant Fleurie where mineral notes complement ripe fruit and spicy nuances. Inimitable finesse and a persistent finish with well balanced tannin and acidity. Velvety, elegant and floral.

Vineyards

Grapes come from the slopes below the Chapelle de la Madone where soil is granitic with large crystals and areas of sand.

Vintage

2018 was the rainiest winter for 60 years. Though average temperatures were normal, this does not reflect how variable the conditions of 2018 were: a harsh December, mild January and a cold February. As a result, budburst happened late in mid-April. Spring was a turning point: sunny, dry and warm, which allowed the vines to catch up and indeed continue ahead of the curve. Mid June then marked the beginning of a drought that continued until the first day of harvest. Harvest began right at the end of August and had to be done vigilantly to avoid over-concentration in the grapes picked later - the heatwave continued. 2018 could well be compared to 2009 with deep colour, complex aromas and remarkable fruit intensity.

Winemaking

Grapes are harvested by hand and loaded into the fermentation tank in whole bunches. Maceration lasts 10 to 12 days to give extra colour and body.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Casseroles/Stews
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses
  • Oriental
Beautiful with an Asian duck salad.