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Fleurie - Clos de la Chapelle des Bois

Premier Crus for Fleurie?

*The Fleurie appellation is located in the heart of the Beaujolais Crus and overlooks the Saône valley, the AOC Fleurie is backed by a chain of ridges. It culminates between 225 and 475 meters above sea level and flourishes on 840 hectares of vines. The soils are mainly made up of more or less deep and decomposed pink granites which give Fleurie wines a finesse and an elegant structure.
Check out: Fleurie & Fleurie Maps

*As per InterBeaujolais…

Fleurie - Clos de la Chapelle des BoisFor about 10 years now, the ‘Cru Fleurie’ – ie the local association of winegrower/makers – have been involved in collective action and studies with the aim to ‘encourage winegrowers to further improve the quality of their wines and highlight their terroirs in order to reclaim their wine history!

During this period, resources were allocated to both cartographic and geological studies – you have a link to the resulting maps here – this work carried out by the Rhône Chamber of Agriculture in collaboration with the Sigales pedological study office with the aid of InterBeaujolais. The result, with the (above) linked maps, certainly makes it possible to more fully appreciate the diversity of the soils in Beaujolais – granite is not always granite! Further research has included historical price positioning plus a survey on the cultural practices and know-how of the winegrowers.

On Tuesday, March 28 2023, a general meeting was held for the Fleurie Cru and the Beaujolais vineyards. The winegrowers of the Fleurie Cru voted for an update to their specifications plus a list of climats that should be presented with all the collected historical information to the INAO for a Premiers Crus classification. *’Out of more than 70 voters (representing 60% of the surface area of the AOC), more than 85% of the winegrowers voted for the following:

The updated specifications include the following commitments:
– A yield of 52 hl/ha vs 56 hl for the Fleurie without mention of 1er Cru
– Marketing of their wines on September 1st following the harvest vs the current February 1st
– A first harvest after the 5th leaf – it is allowed in the 3rd vintage even for grand crus in the Côte d’Or!
– A minimum degree of 11.5° vs the current 10.5°
– Chemical weeding is prohibited for vines planted at greater than 120cm spacing

The 48 climats of the cru were classified according to the following objective criteria:
– The use of the locality in harvest claims
– The claimed area vs planted area of the locality
– Valuation of vintages
– Tasting notes
– Contemporary literature
– Historical literature
– The cartography

The winegrowers of the Fleurie Cru wish to propose for Premier Cru classification the 7 climats having obtained the best scores in their voting, i.e.:
– Les Moriers
– Poncié
– Les Garants
– La Madone
– La Roilette
– Grille Midi
– La Chapelle des Bois
These 7 localities currently represent 27% of the appellation.

The dossier containing these infos will be presented to the INAO. This is typically a very long process before (or if!) any changes come to fruition – 10-20 years! – with much horse-trading and even the likelihood that the INAO (in exchange) will wish to declassify some parcels from the AOC of Fleurie.

My personal position is that the crus of Beaujolais are effectively (already) the equivalent of premier crus because of the pre-existence of Beaujolais-Villages eg Beaujolais-Lantignie (and many others) and an obvious step up in quality. I would be happier if the energy of the growers was focused on making the very best wine possible as opposed to tinkering with the rules and classification of their climats – yet! – Yet, it is also entirely possible that the improvement in quality that they are searching for and the investment in the best production facilities that can underpin that may only be widely achievable if the can earn a few more euros per bottle and need the influence of a 1er cru label to achieve that. You might say something of a chicken and egg situation…

Click on ‘Read More…’ below to see the notes for 40+ Fleurie wines in the order that they were (blind) tasted this Springtime:

Fleurie tasting Spring 2023

I enjoyed a tasting, in Switzerland (Lausanne) given by the producers of Fleurie, whose notes follow. There were many domaines that I know well and visited in my tour of the region in February 2023 but for this tasting, I chose to taste the wines of producers that I knew less well or didn’t see in February:

Domaine Chaffangeons
Frédéric Perrier – A family domaine, actually in ‘Chaffangeons’ with 17 hectares of vines, 10 of which are in Fleurie. “My grandfather created this domaine but when I came to the domaine in 2006, 90% was sold in bulk – I’m still growing the part sold in bottle and looking to export more. We destem everything here.
2020 Fleurie La Madone
Nice aromatic freshness and purity. Lovely energy, texture and flavour purity too. That’s a lovely first wine.
2021 Fleurie Vieilles-Vignes
Multiple parcels and a part with barrel elevage.
Hmm – more floral perfume. Supple and silky – this has delightful delicacy and interest. Simply a delicious thing, very faintly with some gentian though – super finishing.

Chateau de Fleurie
Xavier Barbet:
2021 Fleurie
Predominantly from parcels in Grand Fers, Garants and Poncié – this cuvée accounts for about 10 hectares of vines.
A more modest energy, ‘all destemmed in 21 so we could extract a little longer.’ Perfumed, though hardly any gentian. Fresh across the palate, nicely vibrant and deep – direct and mineral finishing. There’s a suggestion of gentian but never overt.
2018 Fleurie La Madone
1.2 ha of this, a small part destemmed.
More impact, more spice – some aromatic development here. Impact and width in the mouth too – there’s concentration here but still with freshness. Really impressive finishing – so long, still with modest bitters – great length!
2015 Fleurie La Madone Reserve du cave (Magnum)
Also faintly spiced, a nose that’s less forward and maybe a little more cushioned. A hint of marsala complexity – really mouth-filling. A finish that also impresses, less width but such a length and intensity – still with sone bitters – it’s still young.

Gilles Coperet
2021 Fleurie La Madone
Lots of pyrazine here. Hmm, feels nice across the palate, the finish is complex and long – a juicy and deliciously flavoured wine – despite the herbaceous style of the nose.
2020 Fleurie Les Roches
In bottle just 2 months.
A perfumed width – very attractive. Broad, nicely mouth-watering – a spicy complexity – lots of interest and there’s concentration too. A wine of balanced power – a simply excellent wine.

Chateau des Moriers
Also known as Domaine Monrozier – a domaine begun by great-grandparents of the current proprietors. Vines in Moriers plus a hectare of Moulin à Vent. The 2021s are not yet commercialised, the 2020s neither – ‘We make wines to age!
2018 Fleurie Les Moriers
High-toned – quite floral. Cool and direct – definitely concentrated. Long and elegant, despite the concentration.
2019 Fleurie Les Moriers
A more vertical nose, finely perfumed at the top. Breadth and complexity – I love this energy, slightly round and creamy from some 500-litre barrel elevage. But a super wine…
2020 Fleurie Les Moriers
A super nose – multiple dimensions – florals, minerality and energy. Direct, intense, mouth-filling – a very strong finish – a really super finish that’s a simply excellent wine.

Cave des Grands Vins de Fleurie
Yes, the co-operative of Fleurie:
2021 Fleurie Chapelle des Bois
All concrete elevage.
Plenty of green in this aromatic complexity. Good shape and width in the mouth – a 21 of good concentration and great texture – always with a little gentian complexity but otherwise, this is very good.
2021 Fleurie Les Garants
Nicely vibrant red fruit – I see hardly any greens in this one. Mouth-filling with fine density – again a fine texture but with more weight behind it. Very good again!

Domaine Clos des Garands
Xavier Guyot – All with foudre elevage, 80% destemmed in 2021, though this depends on the vintage…
2021 Fleurie Vieilles-Vignes
Definitely some gentian aroma but at the perfumed end of the scale. Direct, cool, fine texture – almost a little minerality – broad finishing almost chalky – I like this a lot!
2020 Fleurie Clos des Garands
Elevage in 225-litre barrels for 18 months
A breadth of silky aroma – not obviously 14.5°! Hmm – very complex still finely energetic too. Lots of creamy barrel but still very well done – a delicious, excellent, wine and very long too.

Domaine de la Madone
Arnaud Despres, who has 18 hectares in Fleurie.
2020 Fleurie Grille Midi
Deep colour, deeper dark red fruit too. Supple, fine concentration – actually a faint gentian in this complexity – like some other 2020s – but this is long finishing, delicious wine.
2020 Fleurie Dame de la Pétoche
80-year-old vines in La Madone
If anything, even darker – vinified like the last but with a small amount of 600-litre barrel elevage.
Dark fruit, less overt aromas. Intense and concentrated – mouth-watering, but a wine that I’d be keeping a few years before approaching.

Domaine des Combiers
Laurent Savoye:
2021 Fleurie Montgenas
Bottled in December.
A concentrated nose with lots of perfumed red fruit – nothing green. Broad, layered, plenty of concentration and a mouth-watering finishing style – simply excellent 2021…
2020 Fleurie Montgenas
Deeper and darker, the wood elevage a little more visible here. Width and flavour energy – a growing frame of furry but not grainy tannin. Concentrated, almost contemplative finishing. Hmm – a very impressive finish too.

Domaine des 2 Fontaines
Sylvain Paturaux:
2020 Fleurie
Fresh aromas, lots of gentian. Good shape, I like the structure here. Mouth-watering in the finish – that’s very lovely – an extra freshness vs the average 2020…
2020 Fleurie La Presle
Some wood elevage for this wine.
More concentrated perhaps more alcoholic in this case too. Broad and concentrated in the mouth – this concentration hiding the structure – a wine for keeping. Super length – impressive here.

Château Bellevue
Elodie Rousselot:
2020 Fleurie Montgenas
Concentrated but bright, some herbed complexity – fine herbs – bouquet garni. Large-scale wine. Impressive, almost vibrant energy. Power and generosity but also very tasty.

Manoir du Carra
Hélène Maisonneuve:
2021 Fleurie Les Deduits
Hmm, plenty of pyrazine here. Supple shape – its nice in the mouth and finishes really well too.

2020 Fleurie Vers le Mont
Redder fruit, more purity – despite the warmth of the vintage. Hmm, this is lovely – not too overtly deep or 2020 – perhaps because the vines are at 380m. That’s a very lovely wine.
Nestor Bélicard
A domaine in Lancié. Nestor came in 2018 to recover the family vines. He actually passed his wine-making exams in 1994 but then went to Paris! He came back and converted direct to organics. He works 5 hectares. Carbonic-maceration approach, old wooden tanks so adds a little sulfur due to those ‘but there’s less than 30 mg for the bottling.
2019 Fleurie Grand Pré
Nicely perfumed – that’s a very lovely invitation. Broad, faintly grained, there’s energy and tons of fine flavour. Excellent wine!
2021 Fleurie Grand Pré
New floral label – Grand Pré not mentioned.
A vertical nose, some structure, minerality and red berry. Hmm, vibrant and clean flavours. Lovely wine – indeed a super 21 – ‘I harvested very ripe’
2018 Fleurie Grand Pré
‘My first harvest – a very sunny vintage and I probably maverated too long’
The nose has no excess – complex, perfumed – lovely. Large-scaled and complex, energetic too. Give this a couple more years but its excellent

Domaine de Roche Guillon
An old family of Fleurie – Bruno Copéret:
2021 Fleurie
Airy, faintly gentian aromatics. Mouth-filling, a hint saline with good energy. I like the finish very much – this is a delicious and refreshing wine too.
2020 Fleurie
Hmm, nicely perfumed. Larger scale in the mouth, more intense, more power but never excessive – a lovely wine

Domaine de FA
11 ha – 3.5 of which are in Fleurie and they are organic here.

2021 Fleurie Roche Guillon
High toned aromas, pretty red fruit. Hmm, depth pf flavour with delicious energy,almost juicy. Thats a great 21!
2020 Fleurie Roche Guillon
Deeper colour. A deeper nose but also with some beautiful, accents of perfume. Fresh – broad, great impact – beautiful energy. Thats another top wine.

Domaine Grands Fers
Christian Bernard – 6 ha – 5.5 is Fleurie, all in the east of the appellation.
2022 Fleurie Gamay Noir
Just 3 weeks in bottle.
The nose has some impact and power but not a bit heavy. Mouth-filling, mouth-watering. Growing in intensity, very faintly accented with tannin. Finishing well – you should probably wait but this is at least very good!
2020 Fleurie Les vieux gamays
Effectively the domaines vv cuvee – ‘still trying to keep a good drinkability.’
Extra aromatic breadth – complex, grained complexity, almost a hint of marsala. Sleek, growing with impressive intensity – there’s energy here too. Super long, really impressove wine – but for keeping.

Maison Piron
2021 Fleurie
Wide and very attractively red fruited. Mouthfilling, complex, super red-fruited energy. Yum!
2020 Fleurie
More colour. More depth and concentration to these aromas too. Broad, super intensity. Long! A really impressive wine but its one for a little patience!

Domaine de Valma
This is the first vintage of this domaine, with 5.5 ha 4 in Les Labourons
2021 Fleurie Labourons
Fresh, clean, broad. Open, has nice intensity, very tasty. There’s energy but clean precision too – I think this is excellent.

2021 Fleurie Labourons Face B
Harvested a few days later and with a little barrel elevage
Hmm, faintly creamy in this aromatic complexity. Rounder, fuller, still clean and open, melting and mouthwatering, beautifully intense, faintly creamy but not a bit distracting. Top!

Guillaume Chanudet
Who is also a pepineriste. “I like hard vintages I think they make the best wines too! I destem to avoid anything green…
2021 Fleurie La Madone
Dark red berries – destemmed. Clean, pure, slightly cushioned – vibrant finishing energy. Such a lovely finish – this is excellent.
2021 Fleurie Patte du Petit Chat
Deeper colour wth some wood elevage. Dark fruit with a little graphite minerality and freshness. Intense, darker fruit, a faint gentian aparrent but at this level it’s attractive. Super, moreish finishing again.

Marc Delienne

2021 Fleurie Greta Carbo
Im happy 12 degrees, this in Les Deduits’
Round, hyper attractive red fruit. There’s depth here – lovely depth – not a simple drinking wine – this is more than excellent.

2021 Fleurie La vigne des fous
From the steep part of la madone.
More colour. More direct, faintly graphite complexity and darker fruit. Wider, and a little salinity is visible here. Broad and very attractively finishing – almost juicy – delicious wine!


A 2023 vintage update from the côtes – and my garden…

Let’s start with the important stuff – my garden!

The irises are later this year – no surprise – sunny weather in the last weeks but still rather cold in the nights – only in the last week have the overnight temperatures risen to something of a seasonal norm. A few flowers are still missing but it looks like a similar timing to 2019 (iris vintage) in my Swiss garden…

Now to Burgundy:

Like at home, the nights (until quite recently) have been cool here too, but the sunshine has been pushing the growth. We have recovered a few days – despite zero rain in the last 10 days or-so – so it’s a vintage whose stage of growth is now 4 or 5 days ahead of 2019 and just a little behind the vintages of 2014, 2015 and 2017. The vignerons are speculating of a harvest commencing around the weekend of 09-10 September.

And there have been the first flowers in the last few days too – so we can expect mid-flowering in the chardonnay next week and maybe a few days later for the pinot noir.

And some of the iris in question:

2023 Irisis


the weekend’s duo… (week 21 2023)

week 21 2023 - some wines...It’s been a while since I introduced some real bottles to you – there have been many others of-course (below) – and, unfortunately, it will be short while before there will be more!

I now face two weeks of antibiotics due to tick-borne borreliosis – or Lyme disease. Fortunately, I don’t feel like I have any disease!

Amusingly, given that I spend so much time in the woods and hills on trails (jogging!) here was, it seems, a cat-borne tick to which I was introduced whilst sitting in the garden!

2016 Chablisienne / Château Grenouilles, Chablis-Grenouilles
A nose of waxy citrus – edged towards lemon – with an obvious mineral component too. In the mouth, we have a large-scale wine – generous to the point of rich – but silkily textured and sustaining a very long finish. I’d prefer less richness but it’s a very tasty wine all the same – as we could see by the lack of longevity for this (overly heavy!) bottle.
Rebuy – Maybe

2002 Nicolas Potel, Chambertin
Ah – remember the days? I tasted here pre-bottling and immediately placed an order: 6 Chambertin, 6 Malconsorts, 6 Petits Ponts, 6 Gaudichots and 12 Aloxe Boutières. Quite expensive I thought – at ~€1,500 – of course, that’s probably the price of just 3 Chambertin today! This, I think, the last of those 6. There may be a Gaudichots and a Malconsorts who survive – but probably not more…
Hmm – a nose to sink into – this Chambertin is ready! A round impression on the palate – depth and richness – quite a match with the Grenouilles! Tons of sweetness to this fruit and still framed with a tiny tannin – though most of the latter has clearly been transformed to sediment – or earth – as it’s quite granular. Such a delicious, wonderful smelling thing. A glass escaped outright (day 1) consumption to make it into day 2, where the aromas were less involving and more beefy – but the flavour retained its vigour and length. A super wine.
Rebuy – Yes

Some bottles of the last weeks where words escaped me 🙂


Cité des Climats & Vin Bourgogne – Chablis

In the presence of three presidents (no-less!) two from Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne – the BIVB’s François Labet and Laurent Delaunay – plus the president of the Association Cité des Climats et Vins de Bourgogne, Benoît de Charette – last week, I had a tour of the soon to open facility in Chablis – one of three such places opening to the public in the next month.

Whilst I’ll reserve judgement on the soon-to-open equivalent building in Mâcon – I’ve yet to see it with my own eyes – this place in the heart of old Chablis seems to be on a very personal scale, fitting well in its surroundings. I’m not the biggest fan of the architecture and scale of what has been built in Beaune but I will reserve my full judgement on that until I’ve seen what’s on the inside – like a bottle of wine – the truth will be on the inside!

This venue in Chablis is (by comparison) compact but full of an almost open-ended opportunity to tour the history – geological and social – of this centre of winemaking – burgundy winemaking. With a small wearable you can choose your language and subject matter as you head down the rabbit-holes of information from the next earpiece – though if your a covid (or germ) -phobic, you may want to take some sanitiser for the earphones that may have cupped a hundred other ears! Released yesterday, there will be ‘programme of cultural events‘ (in all locations) too – so enjoy!

The work on the building’s façade was not quite complete when I visited Chablis but it will be finished before the mid-June official opening!

A few images:


Update on Gevrey’s prime Vin de France…

Hmm - what are those new vines?

It’s a few months ago that the work establishing some new vines became evident – it’s not a big plot, not 500 vines – but the placement is very interesting!

What was once nothing more than parking has now been planted to vine – but it was previously grand cru parking!

From all the vineyard maps that I’ve checked, the plot seems to be within the AOC for Mazoyères-Chambertin and sits just across the road from Latricières-Chambertin. When I last checked and despite a nice new wall, the identity of the proprietor was not obvious but in the last couple of weeks a stone sign has been placed and proclaims the ownership of Domaine JM Guillon.

The problem for this domaine seems to be achieving the necessary authorisation to make burgundy wine – we (they) can forget grand cru for a while – the locals tell me that it’s currently classed as Vin de France – but there won’t be any grapes to harvest until 2026 – so there’s time for it to, maybe, become a Bourgogne – maybe even Bourgogne Côte d’Or!

I assume it’s not just the issue that the land – even if part of the AOC – was never planted, it’s possibly the issue that the land was used, not just, as parking but also as a bit of a(n agricultural) tip…

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2021 Beaujolais

The February 2023 issue of Burgundy-Report
Beaujolais 2021

2021 Beaujolais: You can have it all – there's great, good and there's ugly too…

The Producers
85 Beaujolais domaines – including a few words from the producers on their 2022 and 2021 campaigns. As always, those wines worth a special search are highlighted for you in blue:

New Here:
Anthony Charvet – 2021
Anthony Perol – 2021
Bertrand – 2021
Château de Javernand – 2021
Château de l’Eclair – 2021
de Baluce – 2021
de la Milleranche – 2021
J.M Aujoux – 2021
Michel Guignier – Améthystes – 2021
Nadège et Emmanuel Fellot – 2021
Olivier Merlin – 2021
Paul-André Brossette & Fils – 2022
Striffling – 2021
Tano Péchard – 2021
Thomas Rivier – 2021

Not the first time:
Anne-Sophie Dubois – 2021
Antoine Sunier – 2021
Aurélie & Fabien Romany – 2021
Celia & David Large – 2021
Chardigny – 2021
Château Bonnet – 2021
Château de La Chaize – 2021
Château de La Terrière – 2021 & 2020
Château de Pougelon – 2021
Château des Bachelards – 2020
Château des Jacques – 2021
Château des Vergers – 2021
Château du Basty – 2021
Château Moulin à Vent – 2021
Château Poncié – 2021
Château Thivin – 2021
Chignard – 2021
Claire & Fabien Chasselay – 2021
Clos de la Roilette – 2021
Daniel Bouland – 2021
David Béroujon – 2021
David-Beaupère – 2021
de Boischampt – 2021
de Colette – 2021
de La Grand’Cour – 2021
de la Madone – Frères Bérerd – 2021
des Marrans – 2021
des Nugues – 2021
des Prévelières – 2021
des Terres Dorées – 2021
Dupré Goujon – 2021
Fabien Collonge – 2021
Frédéric Berne – 2021
Georges Duboeuf – 2021
Gilles Paris – 2021
Girin – 2021
Grégoire Hoppenot – 2021
Jean Foillard – 2021
Jean-Claude Lapalu – 2022 & 2021
Jean-Marc Burgaud – 2021
Julie Balagny – 2021
Julien Sunier – 2021
La Pirolette – 2021
La Soufrandière – 2021
Labruyère – 2021
Laurence & Rémi Dufaitre – 2021 & 2022
Laurent Martray – 2021
Le Nid – 2021
Les Bois du Chat – 2021
Les Capreoles – 2021
Longère – 2021
Louis-Claude Desvignes – 2021
Manoir du Carra Sambardier – 2021
Mathieu et Camille Lapierre – 2021
Mee Godard – 2021
Michel & Sylvain Tête – 2021
Olivier Pezenneau – 2021
Pascal Aufranc – 2021
Paul Janin – 2021
Pauline Passot – 2021
Pertuizet – 2021
Prunelle de Navacelle – 2021
Raphaël Chopin – 2021
Richard Rottiers – 2021
Robert Perroud – 2021
Romanesca – 2021
Saint-Cyr – 2022
Thillardon – 2021
Vincent Audras – 2021
Yohan Lardy – 2021

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