Errr…The Analyst here…Sarah’s taste-buds are still up the creek and so she’s asked me to tell you about this wine – The Exquisite Collection Fleurie 2010. She’s still vetting the more ‘specialist’ content of this post…but I get to do the sniffing and slurping bit which as you know is the best bit anyway! Over to her for a bit of Beaujolais bumpf…
***Sarah clears throat*** Ahem! Sorry about this folks…I’m still at the “it is dark red liquid in a glass” stage with this rotten ‘flu. However, I can tell you that Fleurie is one of the ten Beaujolais Crus which means it is on the ‘top rung’ of this particular vinous ladder. These are ten, small, geographically designated areas where the ‘best’ Beaujolais is produced. ‘Below’ this is Beaujolais Villages, and below that just your ‘basic’ Beaujolais – which can still be really drinkable but is likely to be a lot less complex.
Complexity isn’t something that has generally been associated with Beaujolais – think Nouveau and rather simple, fruity, acidic, light reds. That’s been changing after the really good years of 2009 and 2010 in this part of France. Now people are looking again at this wine from the Gamay grape and thinking it might have a bit more about it – especially when it is from one of the crus.
Each of the crus has a slightly different character – that’s down to the different soils, weather, height of land, wind direction etc. everything that goes into ‘terroir’. Fleurie is often described as being one of the lighter, prettier, more floral and feminine crus…and that’s where I’ll have to leave this piece and hand back to The Analyst for what this particular Fleurie is actually like. Oh I can tell you the alcohol level is 13% – it says so on the back label!
…Thank you Sarah… (I’m not sure this transferring of the keyboard really comes across in print!) When you look at the wine, you think it looks quite light bodied as you can see the bottom of the glass. I found that appearances can be deceptive!
I struggled to get any of the pretty, flowery aromas that I thought I “ought” to be getting. It seemed much more dark and spicy to me. It was quite acidic and juicy, with soft tannins, as I was expecting a Beaujolais to be, but with more dark plum and cherry flavour rather than summery fruits. To be stereotypical, it was more masculine than feminine; Autumn than Summer. I liked it though.
The Exquisite Collection Fleurie 2010 is availabe from Aldi and costs £6.49.
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