Floral Essence in a Bottle
The Fleurie appellation is one of ten wine sub-regions in the Beaujolais wine area, East France. It is approximately located in the Beaujolais center. The vineyards, about nine square kilometers, are situated at an elevation between 220 and 430 meters above sea level.
The vines in the lower zone with the soil which soils are more profound and enriched with clay, have better-growing conditions. The Gamay grape has an aromatic predominance of red fruits, but its reds also have floral notes (violet, pink, iris, or violet). They are robust, distinguished, and harmonious, mostly when they are produced on soils with clay.
The Queen of Beaujolais
Fleurie wines were distributed in Great Britain and France in the 19th Century, and the commune was granted its AOC in the 1930s. Annually it produces about 4,200,500 liters of red wines of great finesse, especially thanks to the south-east or north-west exposure. Moreover, the influences of three climates (oceanic, Mediterranean, and continental) offer very favorable conditions for breeding the Gamay grape variety.
The wines of Fleurie appellation are sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Beaujolais”.
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A part of the important features of Fleurie appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Clay, pink granite soil, and coarse, dry sand in the higher slopes.
- Taste: light, silky, and supple.
- Wine color: Red wine.
- Aromas: Red fruits, floral notes (violet, pink, iris, or violet), floral and bright aromas of blueberries.
- Aging potential: 2 – 12 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C
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