â€śThe 2015 wines
deliver the greatest impact and pleasure I have tasted from Beaujolais in
recent history. The vintage has plenty of candidates for wine of the year;
concentrated wines, with opulent fruit character, complexity and the classic
brightness from Beaujolais. Wines will age; however, they are pretty
As wine lovers
ourselves it fills us with excitement to announce that 2015 is the next â€śkey vintage releaseâ€ť. The 2015 has
proved to be extremely solid all across Europe, from Burgundy all the way to
Rhone. Finally, the wait is over as wines are arriving the country, we are sure
these will sell out fast, so while you can we suggest stocking up on todayâ€™s
Todayâ€™s wine comes
from Fleurie also referred as â€śThe Queen of Beaujolaisâ€ť. Wines are lighter in
style and highly aromatic with a â€™feminineâ€™ quality. Think roses and violets
along with ripe red fruits, orange peel and banana aromas. I like to consider
Cru Beujolais as the perfect place to strike a deal and a safe middle ground
between the wines of Burgundy and the Rhone.
Alain Graillot is one of Northern Rhoneâ€™s most revered producers along
with Guigal, Jean-Louis Chave and Chapoutier. His resume includes working for the
best in Burgundy, including the venerable Jacques Seysses from Domaine Dujac.
Being a man that enjoys challenges, the renowned producer from
Crozes-Hermitage, along with his two sons; Antoine and Maxime looked for their
After many years
of being on the lookout, they finally landed the perfect opportunity in
Beaujolais. The Graillot family acquired Roche Guillon, a 3 ha. lieu- dit just
north of the town of Fleurie and where todayâ€™s wine is sourced from. They
decided to name the estate Domaine de Fa.
Roche Guillon is a steep, terraced single vineyard at 350
meters of altitude, it lies on a hillside close to Domaine de Vissoux, top
producer in Fleurie. In addition, FrĂ©dĂ©ric
Lafarge from the very respected Domaine Lafarge in Volnay also farms vines on
this same hill. The single vineyard is one of the highest in
elevation in Beaujolais. The property has very steep terrain with west facing
exposure. Gamay here is planted in Clay-limestone soil, which provides the wine
with an incredible depth and much appreciated minerality.
For the 2015
Domaine de Fa Fleurie Roche Guillon grapes
were naturally fermented in concrete fermenters where they underwent partial
semi carbonic maceration. Fermentation lasted for 10 days and the wine was then
matured for 1 year in large oak barrels (20 and 30 hl).
Winery is 100 %
certified organic and it is currently turning into biodynamic practices.
Tasting Notes: This is darker and more tightly wound as you would expect
with lifted, super youthful carbonic notes a dark core and a twist of inky
carbonic. Absolutely delicious with deep, crunchy, juicy blueberry and black
raspberry fruit, sappy and wonderful freshness. Expect intense vibrancy and
drive and plenty of sticky tannins.