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2016 Julien Sunier FleurieGamay from France

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  • 91+ John Gilman - View from the Cellar
  • 88-90 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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91+

"Julien Sunier’s Fleurie is raised in a combination of seventy percent used Burgundy barrels and thirty percent in tank, after fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The wine hails from the two lieux a` dits of la Tonne and Charbonnie`res. The 2016 version is outstanding, offering up a bright, red fruity nose of cherries, blood orange, lovely soil tones, fresh thyme, a touch of gamebird and a lovely mix of herbs and spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, vibrant and tangy, with fine transparency, just a bit of backend tannin and a long, nascently complex and low fat finish. Fine juice that will unwind nicely with a bit of bottle age, but is eminently drinkable right out of the blocks. 2017-2030."

88-90 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Fleurie, which includes some direct pressed rosé bunches due to the mildew, is perhaps not quite as immediate as the Morgon and demanded a little more patience as it opened in the glass. Eventually, it shows more complexity and nuance than the Morgon: red berry fruit, pressed flowers and a touch of orange pith. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, tensile and fine tannin. It is certainly a lighter style of Fleurie, but it has admirable focus and plenty of energy. Very fine.

Product Detail

Item # 102597
Country France
Region Beaujolais
Sub-Region Beaujolais Cru
Ratings

91+ - John Gilman - View from the Cellar

88-90 - Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Gamay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste cherry, strawberry and raspberry
Nose violet, rose petal, oak, smoke and mushroom