Gorgeous New Fleurie: Violets, Blackberries, and Granite. $19

Today’s wine is simple, floral, and delicious. So we’re not going to complicate it with a long post. Here’s what you need to know:

Vignerons:   The Perrachon family has made wine in the Beaujolais since the 1870s. Their vines are on average quite old, and produce polished, serious reds from pure Gamay. Perrachon has plenty of fans — the domaine regularly receives top notes from Jancis Robinson, Josh Raynolds (Vinous), and Allen Meadows (Burghound).

Appellation:   Fleurie is known as the “Queen of Beaujolais,” a reference to its femine character. Grown in granite laden soils, the best Fleurie combines a floral character with precise minerality.

Wine:   Perrachon’s 2018 Fleurie is delightful and perfectly balanced. The nose is open and expressive, with a bouquet of violets lining up alongside the ripe fruit. The structure is smooth and silky, with pleasant tannins and perfectly ripe fruit.

Pairing:   We like serving this wine a bit cool, even in the fall. There’s excellent freshness and beautiful young fruit, which we think matches beautifully with stew. Rather than a bold Boeuf Bourguignon (try Pinot), we recommend a slightly lighter Coq au Vin.


Perrachon Fleurie 2018
bottle price: $19

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