Fleurie, 2016

  Bernard Metrat

From vines aged between 40-60 years old planted in the famous Roilette district of Fleurie, where the red granite soils interspersed with clay, produce wines of both charm and minerality. Fermented the traditional way, without carbonic maceration, and aged in used large wooden foudres, the 2016 Fleurie is bursting with cherry blossom, Morello and rose petal character. Juicy, alluring and velvety with a cherry stone and mineral bite adding freshness.

Contains Sulphites.

About Bernard Metrat

Bernard Metrat presides over 10ha of vines, the majority of which are planted in Fleurie’s renowned “La Roilette” area where the red granite interspersed with clay layers produce wines that are both mineral and full of charm. At an elevation of between 280 and 300 metres above sea level, east facing and aged between forty and sixty years old, these prime-sited vines produce Fleurie of great class, freshness and character. Bernard is a member of Terra Vitis, a renowned environmental certification whose members adhere to environmentally friendly production methods. As such Bernard hand tends his vines from pruning to picking, as organically as possible, treating or intervening only wherever necessary. The wines are fermented in the “traditional” way, without use of carbonic maceration, and ageing takes place in used wooden futs and larger foudres.

Appellation: Fleurie

Fleurie produces Beaujolais, of all the ten Crus, that is perhaps the most perfumed and floral.

Grape Type: Gamay

Gamay is found in the Beaujolais where, on granite slopes, it makes wine that cannot be reproduced anywhere else in the world. Thanks to poor winemaking over the last decade and the Beaujolais Nouveau stigma, Gamay has experienced a dip in popularity of late. Unjustly so, for it can produce wines brimming with juicy fruit, and is perfect slightly chilled and drunk alfresco. Gamay is also found in the Loire and in Burgundy, forming a partnership with Pinot Noir to make Bourgogne Passetoutgrains