2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Fleurie "Grille Midi" (Previously $26)

SKU #1274418 93 points John Gilman

 The single vineyard bottling of Grille Midi (one of the top climats in the village of Fleurie) is once again outstanding from Monsieur Brun in 2014. The wine is again fairly reserved when first opened and deserves a bit of time in decanter to start to stir, but once it opens up, it delivers a deep and complex bouquet of black cherries, sweet dark berries, gamebird, dark soil tones, a touch of chicory and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is focused, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with great purity on the attack, a touch of fine-grained tannin, excellent balance and nascent complexity and a very long, tangy and youthful finish. This is a great Fleurie in the making that shares the structural sensibilities with the best examples of Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent. 2020-2040+.  (8/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Deep magenta. Sexy, high-pitched red berry and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of Asian spices and incense. Sweet and penetrating, offering palate-staining raspberry liqueur and lavender pastille flavors give spine and lift by juicy acidity. In a seamless style, with a suave blend of power and finesse. Finishes sappy, sweet and very long, with no rough edges and an emphatic echo of florality. (JR)  (8/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 A sunny wine with plums, dried strawberries and flowers. Full body, a round mouthfeel and a lovely texture. Bright acidity. Drink now.  (2/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Fleurie Grille Midi has a very composed bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry, crushed rose petal and warm brick aromas that are very well defined and seem to gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit, a keen line of acidity, nicely poised with a crisp and quite sustained finish that fans out wonderfully. Always one of the best Fleuries around, this 2014 is no different and it will give immense pleasure over several years. (NM)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
This was my second time getting to taste the Grille Midi and it is showing so incredibly well. Dark cherry nose with an herbal undertone that can be confused for Pinot Noir leads to a surprising layered and complex body. The berry here is a bit darker with earthier notes and tannic structure to balance out the acid. Notes of smoky spice also add to complexity here and the finish is super smooth. Drinking beautifully now, this bottle will also be good for a number of years.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
The Jean Paul Brun portfolio has been an amazing source for the gorgeous 2014 vintage, showing off the distinct regions of Beaujolais with ready-to-drink wines, capable of improving in a cellar. One of the crème de la crème in the bunch is the the Fleurie Grille Midi, which is expressive from start to finish. Hints of clove and cherry permeate from the glass, with a bright, Burgundian Pinot-esqe middle, and lengthy mineral finish. This is a terrific bottle!

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
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Red fruit aromas dominate throughout this gorgeous red wine. There's perfect balance between fruit, acid and tannins here, with red cherry fruit, raspberry and strawberry flavors galore. If you were to blind taste this beauty you could easily mistake it for a Vosne Romanee because it has that harmonious feel of pretty fruit and seductive aromas. This is easily one of the best Beaujolais' I have tasted this year!!
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2025

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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.
Country:

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.