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Attractive, floral Beaujolais, in keeping with its name, with intensely perfumed aromas and a ripe yet fresh palate.
Product Code: BJ7912
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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"I found this bottle quite good. OK, not like the best Fleurie that I have ever tasted but there again that was much more expensive. I gave this wine quite a bit of air and it did improve appreciably. I showed far better after 4 hours, and readily concede that one might expect a Fleurie to deliver whilst employing a stop watch rather than a calendar!?! lol!
Overall, reasonably happy with my purchase."
Soorat Singh Esq (01-May-2019)
"Very disappointing with no floral notes and an unpleasant acidity. Not what one would expect from a decent Fleurie."
Mr John Trotter (26-Apr-2019)
"I thought this was a lacklustre Fleurie. Only a hint of the famous Fleurie bouquet and silky texture. Maybe it has matured faster in a half bottle. I would not keep it until 2020. I prefer the fresher Society's Beaujolais Villages in halves."
Raymond A Fulton (27-Mar-2019)
"Recently (May 2018) bought some full bottles of this. It came across as getting tired and needs to be drunken soon. Better examples of Fleurie 2016 out there."
Mr Douglas Wardle (28-May-2018)
"Lovely fresh Beaujolais - exactly as it should be; light and unmistakable gamay fruit, an ever so slight bitter edge & a touch of youthful tannin. This is not a serious wine. Wonderful on a spring evening in Yorkshire, the sun low in the sky, served cool with home smoked salmon + rice & tomato salad."
Mr Tim Potts (12-Apr-2017)
"Despite being a lover of Fleurie this wasn't to my taste. Not as rich and fruity as I was expecting, with a slight watery edge to it. Tried it over 2 nights without improvement. I have another for another night, so will repost if it was just this bottle..."
Miss Sally Brown (07-Apr-2017)
"It is nice!! Oopppssss, perchance damned by faint praise I hear you cry.
I did order the Exhibition Cote de Brouilly at the same time which is in a completely different class altogether, nay on another planet.
So, so enjoyable it has spoilt me for another Beaujolais for the time being.
So, not a bad wine by any means but not the floral nose from a Fleurie that one can get if the gods are smiling, some depth of fruit that does not cause the pulse to race but to be honest, go for the Brouilly; I don't think that you will be disappointed.
Soorat Singh Esq (21-Dec-2016)
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