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.
Mother rock of pure pink granite with little topsoil, the parcel is rocky and a challenge to work.
Organic farming, harvesting done entirely by hand.
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.
Aged for up to 11 months in 3 - 9 year old Burgundy barrels so the charming fruit and granitic soil flavors aren't lost.
large formats are extremely limited
Notes of sweet cherries, raspberries and candied rose petals introduce the 2017 Fleurie, a satiny, medium to full-bodied wine that’s supple, fine-grained and giving. This was the last vintage produced from a steep, high-altitude parcel that Sunier has ceded to David Chapel, so henceforth this cuvée will be produced from lower-lying lieux-dits.
Brilliant violet. Vibrant cherry, mulberry and violet scents are complicated by incense, allspice and musky rhubarb flourishes. Juicy, focused and energetic on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that turn sweeter and spread out on the back half. Clings with impressive, mineral-driven persistence, a hint of fine-grained tannins lending discreet grip. This wine is a fabulous example of the elegance that defines this vintage.
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