Grégoire Hoppenot – 2019


Grégoire Hoppenot 2021Tasted with Grégoire Hoppenot, this year in sunny ‘Les Roches,’ 24 February 2021.

Domaine Grégoire Hoppenot
Les Roches
69820 Fleurie
Tel : +33 7 85 60 02 01
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Grégoire on 2019:
For me, 2018 is a bit more classic than many places as I had more volume. In 2019 we have a lower volume a bit of oïdium too but I did big triage there – I’d rather leave some hectolitres on the floor than have it in the tanks. We had no frost here as it’s high and windy, given that, I don’t have to worry about mildew either! For me, it was a vintage that vinified very easily, no sulfur additions during vinification – just after malo and to correct before the bottling. 2020 was more difficult in that respect!

The wines…

Grégoire burst onto the scene in Fleurie making great wine and there seems to be no stopping him – another highly successful vintage with more than one wine worth a special search…

2019 Fleurie Origines
4 different lieu-dits included here. Bottled April – actually, two bottlings but just one assembly – the second was done in June.
Plenty of colour. Not a nose of impact but one that grows with lovely freshness of darker-red fruit – there’s nice purity here. More impact in the mouth, faintly saline, lots of flavour energy here. Not a comfy, floral Fleurie – though there is some of the latter, rather it’s a wine that’s more structural with waves of rippling flavour in the finish. Super wine.

2019 Fleurie Indigène
Young vines in this cuvée. Harvested a little later, like the other cuvées all whole-cluster but in this case a shorter cuvaison time.
Again plenty of colour. Deeper, more forward dark-red fruit, almost a suggestion of confiture purity. More width and more overt depth to the concentration here – a certain richness. Darker fruit but easy over the palate, more cushioned than the Origines. Very tasty, easier wine but with extra power in the finish. That’s very tasty.

2019 Fleurie Clos de l’Amandier
A parcel in the bottom of Poncié closer to the village of Fleurie. ‘The 2018 is currently a little serious here more plenitude. This with foudre elevage. It’s my cuvée that’s the most Fleurie.’
Here the nose is more of a width, redder fruited. Fresh, direct, incisive but not sharp. Saline, complex, red-fruited – a sweeping delivery of flavour. Wide in the long finish, super texture too. Bravo!
2019 Fleurie Les Morriers
Extra width of freshness, a hint of florals and a suggestion of pyrazine complexity. Lovely driving, direct, fresh flavour, darker fruited more structural wine for keeping but without doubt a great wine. The finish almost a little airy – Bravo!

2019 Morgon Corcelette
Sauvage, rocky, steep, plain-south facing – above Bellevue near the trees. It’s about another 100 metres higher than in Fleurie ‘so because of all that it will be the last of the vineyards to be certified.’ The only owned parcel, the rest are all fermage – 0.6 ha.
A wider nose, silky dark-red fruit. Similar in the mouth – wide and silky – layered freshness of flavour, a little more sucrosity of flavour, slowly mouth-watering. A wine of structure but also comfort, there are not many domaines where the Fleuries are more sweeping and direct than their Morgons – just here! A very good wine.

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