Burgundy

Fleurie 2015

Region:
Beaujolais, Burgundy
Varietals:
Gamay Noir
Maturation:
11 months in 2nd use French oak barriques
Analysis:
13.5% alc/vol | TA: 5.45 g/L | pH: 3.53
Monopole Chateau Vivier’s
alluring age and richness.
Fleurie
Fleurie is known for an elegant, floral style of Beaujolais. If Moulin-à-Vent is the King of Beaujolais, Fleurie is certainly the Queen, ranking among the most revered Beaujolais Crus. Chateau Vivier monopole is one of the oldest monopole plots in the region. The east facing 50-year-old untrained vines are grown in deep granite hillside soils and produce lively, expressive wines.
Winemaking
Half of he fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries underwent a long, natural ferment utilizing wild yeasts in open-top vessels. The other half were fermented as whole clusters, contributing a floral lift to the intense primary fruit. The wine matured over the following 11 months in third use French oak, achieving a subtle integration of oak spice characters.
Tasting Notes
The 2015 Maison L'Envoyé Fleurie is vibrant and expressive with primary aromas of wild berries supported by sweet herbal notes and spice. Layers of mountain strawberry and juicy raspberry are complemented by notes of cinnamon and coriander. Harmonious tannins and a lively acidity carry the flavors to a long, mouthwatering finish.
92 pts

"Bright magenta. A suave, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, candied flowers and smoky minerals, along with a hint of peppery spices in the background. In a distinctly elegant yet concentrated style, offering seamless, appealingly sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors that show very good depth as well as finesse. Juicy acidity adds lift and finishing cut to a very long, floral-dominated finish framed by smooth tannins."

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (December 2017)
91 pts/Best Buy/Year's Best Red Burgundy

 

“This is a concentrated Fleurie from a parcel of 80-year-old bush-vine gamay. The wine’s bright purple fruit has complex herbal intensity, like the earthy scent of digging in a garden of thyme and rosemary. There’s a tobacco note as well, a smoky meatiness to the tannins that would match up with a grilled lamb chop.”

Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits (October 2017)
88 pts

“Plush tannins support the pureed raspberry and currant fruit of this medium-bodied red, with licorice and floral aromas following up on the creamy, mineral-tinged finish.” 

Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (January 2018)