Vintage: 2016
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Appellation: Fleurie
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Gamay
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: At almost 500 m in elevation, the steeply pitched parcel of “Niagara” is the source of Julien’s Fleurie cuvée. Planted in the early 1960s to a density of 10000 vines per hectare.
Orientation: Southern oriented
Soil: Mother rock of pure pink granite with little topsoil, the parcel is rocky and a challenge to work.
Viticulture: Organic farming, harvesting done entirely by hand.
Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentations in concrete vats at low temperatures, to preserve fresh fruit flavors and a delicate tannic structure. After fermentations are complete, fruit is slowly pressed, over a 24 hour period, using an ancient vertical press Julien acquired in the Côte D’Or.
Aging: Aged for up to 11 months in 3 - 9 year old Burgundy barrels so the charming fruit and granitic soil flavors aren't lost.
Production: 315 cases
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: (88-90)
The 2016 Fleurie, which includes some direct pressed rosé bunches due to the mildew, is perhaps not quite as immediate as the Morgon and demanded a little more patience as it opened in the glass. Eventually, it shows more complexity and nuance than the Morgon: red berry fruit, pressed flowers and a touch of orange pith. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, tensile and fine tannin. It is certainly a lighter style of Fleurie, but it has admirable focus and plenty of energy. Very fine.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 91+
Julien Sunier’s Fleurie is raised in a combination of seventy percent used Burgundy barrels and thirty percent in tank, after fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The wine hails from the two lieux a` dits of la Tonne and Charbonnie`res. The 2016 version is outstanding, offering up a bright, red fruity nose of cherries, blood orange, lovely soil tones, fresh thyme, a touch of gamebird and a lovely mix of herbs and spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, vibrant and tangy, with fine transparency, just a bit of backend tannin and a long, nascently complex and low fat finish. Fine juice that will unwind nicely with a bit of bottle age, but is eminently drinkable right out of the blocks. 2017-2030.