2015 Lucien Lardy Fleurie "Les Chenes"

SKU #1345013 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Named after the oak trees close to the vineyard and aged an extra year, this cuvée is always impressive. It has dark, dense tannins as well as powerful black-cherry fruits and a beautifully perfumed aftertaste. Rich and structured, the wine will age well. Drink from 2019.  (3/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 Lucien Lardy’s seventy-plus year-old vines in les Chênes have done very well in the torrid summer of 2015, and couples with Monsieur Lardy’s practice of fermentation with indigenous yeasts and elevage in older barrels, the wine has turned out very well indeed. The bouquet is deep and pure, offering up scents of black cherries, gamebird, fresh herbs, a touch of youthful stemminess, a fine base of soil and an exotic touch of cola in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full, complex and already velvety on the attack, with a rock solid core, some backend tannin and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. This has the deeper-pitched profile of the vintage, which pokes out a bit on the backend, but it remains fairly light on its feet and is really a successful example of the vintage. (Drink between 2017-2030)  (9/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2018 | Send Email
So fresh and bright on the nose with red plum, spice and subtle floral aromas. The red fruits in this wine just ooze across the palate and go from plum-to-berry-to-orchard fruit flavors. Great acidity and zippy mineral notes round out this brilliant offering.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 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.
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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.