Cave de Fleurie bottle

Cave de Fleurie

Gamay, 2014

You might know Beaujolais as the home of Nouveau—the slightly sweet, unaged wine in fluorescent bottles that pop up in November. But you’re better off knowing Beaujolais for Fleurie—a small sliver of the region that makes awesome, age-worthy reds beloved by sommeliers. Jérôme Donzel, the cellar master at Cave de Fleurie, is the area’s top talent, just as his father and grandfather were. Your first sip of this Fleurie will make Beaujolais Nouveau a distant memory.

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Cave de Fleurie is classic in style for higher-end Beaujolais reds. It strikes a perfect balance between fruity and savory flavors—just as a great Gamay is known to do.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Garnet
APPEARANCE
Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
White pepper
Cherry
Earth
Dried herbs

Pairing

Gamay’s like a brighter take on Pinot Noir, so similar pairing rules often apply: Pork is perfection, as is cheese. But this wine’s freshness helps it complement spicy foods, whereas Pinot would overpower it.

TASTING TIP

Take in the wine’s herbal, spicy aromas, which give the wine more food-pairing possibilities— especially dishes with aromatic power of their own.

Uncork a light, bright red to match the dish's citrusy-savory flavor combo, and also help round out its sweet and spicy notes.

Where salty, earthy and spicy meat meet, uncork a bright, fruity red to bring all those flavors into balance.

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More About The Wine

Fleurie is one of 10 small subregions of Beaujolais, which is part of Burgundy. Gamay, the only red grape that grows in Beaujolais, is a brighter, fresher relative of Pinot Noir. Warmer than the rest of Burgundy, Beaujolais has an earlier harvest and wines with livelier flavors. Fleurie, French for “flowery,” is aptly named: The wines often have floral aromas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Beaujolais Nouveau wines cannot be aged for more than a few months, whereas Fleurie and other high-end Beaujolais can age well for five or more years.

  • VARIETY
    Gamay
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Fleurie, Beaujolais, France
  • OAK
    Stainless steel and concrete vats
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    12.9%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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