2018 Fleurie, Domaine Sermezy, Beaujolais, France

Bright ruby coloured, this is floral and fruity, with wild strawberry and red cherry aromas. Soft and ripe, with fresh fruits and very gentle tannins.

Grape Variety: 100% Gamay

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2018 Fleurie, Domaine Sermezy, Beaujolais, France

Tasting Note

Bright ruby coloured, this is floral and fruity, with wild strawberry and red cherry aromas. Soft and ripe, with fresh fruits and very gentle tannins.

Food Pairing

Cold rare beef, Charcuterie, Casseroles, chicken, Pork or a beautiful aged Comte cheese.

Producer Info

Patrice Chevrier and his wife Sylvie produce beautiful wines in the heart of Beaujolais. The 25 hectare Domaine Sermezy spreads across 12 appellations and their light, fruity Fleurie and white Burgundy are simply fantastic. Fleurie wines are deliciously light, fruity and floral and Patrice Chevrier’s Granite Rose; lives up to the reputation. Not of course a rose, despite the name (Granite Rose refers to the local soil), this 100% Gamay has a beautiful clear shade of red ruby. Fruity with a lovely aromas of red fruit, peony and roses, it’s velvety in the mouth and impresses with a great finish. This is a fantastic wine you can enjoy with any part of the meal – as an aperitif served with a charcuterie platter, alongside a main course of pork chops with a creamy mustard sauce or after dinner with a mouth-watering aged Comte. Take your pick!

Regional Info

Fleurie is a well known Cru Beaujolais wine appellation for red wines from the Gamay grape variety. The wines are some of the most highly regarded in the region, which is sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Beaujolais”.

A Fleurie is typically light, silky and supple, with characteristic florality and bright aromas of blueberries and red fruit. Fleurie’s widespread recognition is often attributed to its evocative name. However the region is actually named after a Roman general, Floricum, rather than for any floral traits in the wine.

Fleurie is in the center of the ten Beaujolais crus. It lies just south of Moulin-à-Vent and Chénas and to the north of Morgon. Chiroubles lies just to the west. The area’s vineyards sit on the western side of the Beaujolais hills, on south and southeast facing slopes overlooking the Saone River valley. The vines benefit from exposure to warm morning sunshine during the growing season.

Fleurie vineyards are generally planted on pink granite soil. But variations in textures and additional soil components gives rise to different styles of wine.Fleurie’s vineyards enjoy a temperate continental climate, and are shielded from cold northwesterly weather systems by the hills to the west of the Beaujolais region. Instead, the region’s high sunshine hours are cooled by gentle influences from the Mediterranean Sea in the south. This ensures that ripening is slow and steady, leading to a balance of acidity and flavor in the grapes.

Vines were planted here in the early Middle Ages by Benedictine monks, and vineyards were expanded in the 15th Century by the Lyonnais bourgeoisie. Fleurie wines were widely distributed in France and England in the 19th Century, and the commune was granted its AOC in the 1930s, along with seven other areas in northern Beaujolais.

Winemakers Note

The grapes were hand harvested and then placed in a mixture of enamelled concrete and stainless steel tanks. The fermentation started as carbonic maceration, but was completed as a conventional fermentation, with pumping over. Aged for 4 months in cuve before bottling.

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