Anne Sophie Dubois, L’Alchimiste, Fleurie 2016, Beaujolais, France
Tasting Note: A Fleurie Cru Beaujolais that is true to its florality-invoking name.
Medium-intensity purple in color, this wine has medium-plus-intensity, perfumed nose of raspberry, white flower blossom and strawberry.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied Fleurie Beaujolais is velvety in mouthfeel with ripe, slightly-grippy tannin that tends toward Burgundy in texture as a result of its traditional fermentation (i.e., versus carbonic fermentation).
The wine shows some extraction with a bit of cinnamon spice on the medium-plus finish.
Bottle Note: A south-western exposure, a soil of pink granite and an altitude of 400m give elegance, minerality and tension. 2016 offers fruity and freshness. Fermentation is by natural yeast and bottling is without filtration to preserve the integrity of this cuvee. A gamay as we like it.
Importer: Grand Cru Selections, New York, New York
Tasted: Beaujolais Master’s Class, Society of Wine Educators Conference 2018, Woodcliff Hotel, Rochester, New York
Tasting Date: August 14, 2018