Fleurie

Fleurie

Appellation: Fleurie
Varietal: Gamay
Vineyards: Niagara
Orientation: Southeast, south and southwest
Average age of vines: 25-60 years
Principal soil type: Granite mother rock with little topsoil and veins of quartz

This splendid vineyard of 2.4 hectares bears the name of Niagara and forms an amphitheater exposed to the southeast and southwest at 470 meters of altitude. It posesses a grand biodiversity being encircled both by forest and meadow and rests on granite mother rock. It’s slope is steep and thus can not be worked mechanically. The work must be done manually with a pickaxe which guarantees that those who work here stay in top physical condition.

The 2014 Fleurie from Julien Sunier is very nicely high-toned in aromatic profile for wines of this village, wafting from the glass in a bright bouquet of cherries, strawberries, fresh thyme, lovely soil flavors, coffee and a touch of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is fullish, deep and tangy, with a fairly tightly-knit personality for a 2014 Fleurie, good mid-palate concentration, just a bit of tannin and a long, vibrant and still quite primary finish. This is a lovey wine, which is tasty now in its middleweight and youthful format, but should deepen and broaden on the palate with a bit of bottle age. I really like its backend energy.

—John Gilman

Fleurie fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

RégniéJulien’s Régnié and Morgon parcel’s lie adjacent to one another in the south facing parcel named “Oeillat.” The vines were planted around 1965…

FleurieAt almost 500 m in elevation and at the upper edge of Beaujolais’ wine growing range, the southern oriented, steeply pitched parcel of “Niagara” is the source of Julien's Fleurie cuvée.

MorgonJulien’s Morgon cuvée originates from two separate parcels of equal surface area, one located in the southwest facing slope lieu-dit of “Corcelette” and the other at the edge of the Morgon/Régnié line…