Written records from the monastery of Cluny that was founded in around 900 AD place "Floriacum" within its influence in the 10th century. This land would become one of Beaujolais' great Cru appellation areas: FLEURIE.
It is considered to be the most 'feminine' of the Beaujolais Crus. This could be due to the influence of 'la Madone de FLEURIE' who overlooks the vines from her hilltop...*
This appellation was classed as an AOC by decree on 11th September 1936.
Elegant and velvety, with a lovely carmine robe; the freshness and finesse of its scents, its fruity and floral aromas (iris, violet, blackcurrant and red fruit) give an evocative, spring-like, nose.
Suited to cellaring for 3 to 4 years, it preserves all the qualities that do justice to a great cellar.
FLEURIE should be served lightly chambré at 14 à 16°C (57 to 61°F).
It makes a great partner to Charolais steak in Beaujolais sauce, poultry and white meat, as well as cheeses.
DOMAINE COLONGE ANDRE ET FILS
Set at the foot of the village of FLEURIE and under the watchful eye pf the Madone, we work 7.3 hectares of FLEURIE vineyards on south/southeast facing slopes, that give us an annual yield of around 400 hectolitres of this wine.
Today, we only use one vinification style: semi-carbonic maceration combined with whole bunch fermentation. Maceration lasts around 10 days. This allows the wine to get the tannic structure required for ageing. Bottling is after the Easter following the harvest, for a cellaring potential of 5 to 6 years.
- - Deep ruby robe, shot through with shiny crimson tints.
- - Powerful and thoroughbred, the nose is a first hint of the potential and personality of the terroir: floral and spice aromas at the fore with lilac, violet and peppercorn harmoniously intermingling with hedgerow fruit, vanilla and caramel.
- - Complex, fleshy and creamy, the attack is mouth-watering, with silky tannins and very ripe black fruit. The powerful structure that still bears the stamp of youth comes through at the end with spicy, peppery notes that give great length.
- - A rich expression of the terroir it comes from for this complex and structured wine that will show its full potential within the next two years' cellaring.
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