2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Fleurie

SKU #1274417 92 points John Gilman

 The 2014 Fleurie from Domaine des Terres d’Orées is just a touch tight when first opened, so give it a bit of time in decanter if you are going to drink it early on. Once it blossoms, the wine is stellar, offering up a pure and classic nose of cherries, pomegranate, coffee, herb tones, a nice base of soil and a topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a lovely structural integrity, tangy acids, laser-like focus and excellent length and grip on the nascently complex and discreetly leafy finish. This is not your plush, vin de soif example of Fleurie, but a serious wine that needs a couple of years in the cellar to really start to hit on all cylinders. It will be outstanding once it has fully blossomed. 2018-2035.  (8/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Bright violet color. Vibrant cherry and floral pastille scents are complicated by hints of blood orange and incense. Juicy, focused and energetic, offering palate-staining black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Clings with impressive focus and mineral-driven persistence, with just a whisper of tannins sneaking in late. (JR)  (8/2016)

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
They don't call Fleurie "The Queen of Beaujolais” for nothing! Here you have a deceptively light-on-the-palate wine that has amazing structure. With bright red fruit and a hint of rose, this is easy to drink but must be taken seriously to truly appreciate. A super bottle at $20, and perfect for your next summer get-together!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
Although this wine starts on the nose with bright red berry and spice it hides a surprisingly weighty structure. Tart acid and spice are wrapped around dense crystalline bones that hold this wine up and make you take note. Very complex layers of cranberry, spice, wild cherry, and herbal touches mean this will be a phenomenal food wine and also give hints to the ageability this wine has to offer.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
This is an incredibly energetic red wine. Aromas of bing cherry and fresh herbs dominate throughout. Zesty and alive the crunchy red fruit with zippy acidity makes this an elegant Fleurie that is drinking beautifully right now.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
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France

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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.