Fleurie, Domaine de la Madonne, Arnaud Després, Organic, Beaujolais 2014
Domaine de la Madone, Fleurie, Beaujolais
"Jean-Marc and his son Arnaud are proud ambassadors of the Fleurie appellation. They fashion a style that is of elegant and floral expression. Their wines are always well vinified.” La Revue du Vin de France
La Madone is the granite hill immediately above the village of Fleurie, where most of the Despres' family 13 hectares of vineyards are located. This hillside is often considered by connoisseurs as one of the very best ‘climats’ of the appellation. It benefits from an exceptional climate and its soil is composed of pink granite, so conducive to the production of high quality, expressive Gamay. Arnaud Despres, being the fifth actively involved generation of his family, continues to improve on the work started by Jean Marc, his father. The quality of recent vintages at Domaine de la Madone is a fine testament to the care they lavish upon their vineyards. The vines are intricately tended in order to focus solely on quality and authenticity, whilst also respecting the environment. Great efforts continue to be made in their viticultural methods in order to improve grape maturation. The grapes are hand-harvested by as many as thirty pickers and are rigorously sorted to keep only the ripest and healthiest fruit. All their wines are vinified traditionally. The family also own and run the old vine Domaine du Niagara, also in Fleurie, a 5ha vineyard inherited from Arnaud’s greatgrandfather.
Perfumed aromas of crushed mulberries, raspberries and violets with an underlying granitic minerality. Sweet, ripe red fruits on the palate, fuller bodied than many Fleuries balanced by a fresh acidity, Fleurie Domaine de la Madone has a long, focused finish.
Grape: 100% Gamay