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Domaine Montangeron, Fleurie 2019

Red Wine from France - Beaujolais
A polished and mouthfilling Fleurie from the Grand Pré vineyard, Frédéric Montangeron has once again produced a deliciously perfumed wine with fine balance. Perfect with poached salmon or roast chicken.
Price: £11.50 Bottle
Price: £138.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: BJ8791

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Gamay
  • 14% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2025
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Beaujolais

At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted...
At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted with a single red grape: gamay, or to be more precise, gamay noir à jus blanc. Often densely planted to help control the vines vigour, and therefore yields, trained low and pruned hard, they are need at least a short spell of real heat to ripen properly. In terms of soil, gamay does not do well on sedimentary rock types. Much of Beaujolais is granite with outcrops of schist in part of Morgon or Andesites in the Cote de Brouilly.

A little over 200 hectares is planted with chardonnay, which is growing in popularity because it is easier to sell and can be turned into sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne. White Beaujolais is sold either as Beaujolais blanc or Beaujolais-Villages blanc, and the best comes areas with chalk in the soil.

Below is a list of the appellations, but it is worth mentioning that the most important factor in the wines’ quality is the grower.

Beaujolais: Mostly from the south where the soils are often of a limestone called pierres dorées, which makes excellent building material. But there are granites as well and a great many styles of wine possible though a major part of the productions continues to be made as Nouveau.

Beaujolais-Villages: These wines come from the north and are set among the ten crus and planted on the same granitic soils. 38 parishes are allowed to produce Beaujolais-Villages. They offer a midway point between generic Beaujolais and the greater complexity of the crus.

The ten crus, from north to south, are: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Each have their own unique variation on the local geology and topography, climatic conditions and character; from the light, fragrant Chiroubles to the richer, more concentrated Moulin-à-Vent with its ability to age and comparison in great years with top Burgundies.

Within these crus are specific vineyards, or climats, with deserved reputations for high-quality, such as Poncié in Fleurie or Côte du Py in Morgon. For a more thorough examination of these crus and their characteristic traits please see our How to Buy Beaujolais guide in the Wine World & News section of our website.
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Domaine Montangeron

This Beaujolais domaine sits in the commune of Fleurie, with 20.5-hectares of vines in that famous cru but also in Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent and Chiroubles. As well as cru wines, they make Beaujolias and Beaujolais-Villages wines. They employ whole bunch semi-carbonic maceration (i.e. some bunches ferment inside the skins while others are crushed), macerating for between 8 and 15 days depending on the wine. Ageing takes place in a mixture of cement and wood. The domaine also holds High Environmental Value certification from the French government, recognising the efforts that have been made here in sustainable farming, conservation and the encouragement of biodiversity.

Beaujolais Vintage 2019

Good to very good wines at ‘cru’ level (the top appellations such as Fleurie, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent) but more patchy for Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages from the southern part of the region. 2019 was a challenging year for growers, keeping them on their toes with capricious weather. Frost early in the season, summer drought and several August hailstorms in rapid succession were all disruptive. The harvest was also small with yields down about 25% on the yearly average. Nonetheless there are very good wines to be had, partly thanks to the reductions in yield and the grapes ripening well after a little rain in August helped them to stay the course. Less rich than 2017 and 2018, the 2019s are fresh and appealing, and the top wines will age well.
2019 vintage reviews
2018 vintage reviews
2017 vintage reviews

Vinosaurus

Perfumed and floral (appropriately enough), with charming red berries and a clean, mineral note to the nose, the wine is elegant, juicy-fruited and smooth with real panache. It’s little wonder...
Perfumed and floral (appropriately enough), with charming red berries and a clean, mineral note to the nose, the wine is elegant, juicy-fruited and smooth with real panache. It’s little wonder the Society’s Beaujolais sales are booming, up 60% in a couple of years, as this offers such class at the price.
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- David Kermode

JancisRobinson.com

Quite potent for a Fleurie! Not much nose and certainly not the lively, simple, light, fruity wine that Fleurie can sometimes be. Seems just a bit too sweet and heavy to me. Perhaps I am being too...
Quite potent for a Fleurie! Not much nose and certainly not the lively, simple, light, fruity wine that Fleurie can sometimes be. Seems just a bit too sweet and heavy to me. Perhaps I am being too influenced by Fleuries past …? But I think if I were to choose a 14%, slightly chewy red, I would look elsewhere. It's even a bit hot on the end, for heaven's sake!
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15.5/20

decanter.com

From the southern end of the Fleurie appellation, this is serious Beaujolais. Frédéric Montangeron is an old-school vigneron who works traditionally, and likes to get his hands dirty. The...
From the southern end of the Fleurie appellation, this is serious Beaujolais. Frédéric Montangeron is an old-school vigneron who works traditionally, and likes to get his hands dirty. The vineyards are south / southeast facing, giving the wine some richness without being at all jammy. It's made in a semi-carbonic maceration style with whole bunch, and has a lovely floral perfume. Depth, texture and fleshy fruit, with lovely balance, this would be a great red for roast chicken or cold cuts.
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92/100 Amy Wislocki

matthewjukes.com

A far cry from the granite-soaked [Beaujolais Les Pierres Dorées, Cuvée Louis Dépagneux 2020], this is a poshy, with billowing fruit notes, delicious balance and a grand and layered...
A far cry from the granite-soaked [Beaujolais Les Pierres Dorées, Cuvée Louis Dépagneux 2020], this is a poshy, with billowing fruit notes, delicious balance and a grand and layered finish and it shows just how great value elite level Cru Beaujolais is by comparison to everyday red Burgundies.
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- Matthew Jukes

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