2014 Anne-Sophie Dubois Fleurie "Clepsydre"

SKU #1273449 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Fleurie Clepsydre was cropped at 20 hectoliter per hectare due to poor flowering on the 60- to 80-year-old vines. It has a slightly richer and more opulent nose than the Alchemiste without losing any of its precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy, ripe tannin, well-judged acidity and a gentle grip upon the structured finish. This has great potential: a very natural and refined Fleurie courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dubois. What can be more pleasurable than a fresh, crisp Fleurie, maybe slightly cooled and allowed to warm in your glass. Not much, especially when it comes from talented Anne-Sophie Dubois. She just has the right approach to winemaking – adhering to traditional methods of vinification and allowing her Fleurie to "sing." I tasted two recent releases from Anne-Sophie and, like previous wines, they are a) difficult to pronounce and b) absolutely delicious. My one regret is that I have not yet found the time to visit the domaine, but I will address that next time I am in the region. (NM)  (6/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby-red. Highly expressive red fruit and floral aromas are complemented by subtle hints of game and exotic spices. Offers sweet cherry and raspberry flavors that show suave, juicy character and impressive precision and lift. Finishes very long and sappy, displaying repeating floral and cherry notes and excellent persistence. (JR)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
I tasted this wine twice, and I will say by day two it had completely come alive with hallmark notes of violet and raspberry, silky medium body and radiating an amazing pink granite minerality that is uniquely and deliciously Fleurie. Fresh and delicious with great length, the lesson learned here is to give this Beaujolais plenty of air and reap the benefits! Lovely wine.

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