Fleurie ‘La Madone’
A lighter style of cru Beaujolais, Fleurie is characterized by blossom-like red fruit and the unmistakeable aromas of les fleurs rose and violet. Undoubtedly the prettiest of the crus, Fleurie is excellent chilled.
Fleurie itself is found in the north of Beaujolais and covers an unbroken area of three square miles. The soil here is almost entirely made up of pinkish granite that is unique to this part of Beaujolais.
‘Arenite’ is the name of the pinky, crumbly terroir of the La Madone vineyards, rated as among the best vineyards in Fleurie. Goblet trained vines on the south east facing vineyards lie below the Chapel of the Madonna on the hill. The Gamay vines range from 40 to 90 years of age.
Grapes are hand-picked and whole-berry fermented for 8-10 days (traditional carbonic maceration) followed by a further 2 to 3 days on the skins to assist with aromas. There is no use of cultured yeasts and the first press wine is left to mature for 8 months before bottling.
For a ‘light’ wine the palate is intense and forthright with notes of ripe cherry and red fruit. The finish is delightfully round and supple with good concentration.