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.
Julien Sunier’s 2019 Fleurie is bright and already beautifully expressive on both the nose and palate. The bouquet hops right out of the glass in a blaze of cherries, raspberries, allspice, a touch of raw cocoa, a fine base of dark soil tones, sweet stems, a hint of oak and a topnote of roses. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and wide open in personality, with a lovely core, fine soil signature, sound acids and lovely length and grip on the complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is not powerful, but rather, intensely flavored and will age long and gracefully. Fine, fine juice. 2020-2040.
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