Price:  £18.00 | Case Rate: £17.08
Ex Tax: £15.00

Domaine Michel Chignard - Fleurie 'Les Moriers' 2017

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Burgundy
  • Wine Area: Beaujolais
  • Wine Maker: Cedric Chignard
  • Grape: Gamay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

Beaujolais, which makes a delightful party wine and, chilled, a great summer aperitif, is also a terrifically versatile and under-appreciated food wine that goes well with most foods in most preparations. Have fun experimenting with all kinds of meat, fish and game, and try it with creamy, spicy and salty snacks and dishes. Michel Roux, in his book Matching Food and Wine: Classic and Not So Classic Combinations, suggests accompanying Communard, a cocktail of Beaujolais and Crème de Cassis, with a dish of celeriac remoulade and smoked duck or duck scratchings, and Beaujolais itself with roast chicken salad; stuffed naan bread with lentils and spinach; or pork pie with chestnut and apples.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2015) VS: 93 (2015) JR: 16.5 (2012) WS: 87 (2014) WE: 91 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Fleurie, as the name of the town implies, is known for aromatic, floral Beaujolais. The nose is quite floral, but there is also ripe strawberry fruit, and the palate displays an awesome texture—it is tender while crystalline, with good grip. The wine lingers in the mouth, persistently perfumed. This Fleurie is an unusually concentrated example that is intensely aromatic and has a depth of fruit and structure seldom found in wines from this village.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)91 pts

Aug 2016 - David Schildknecht - The 2015 Fleurie les Moriers has a similar bouquet to the 2014 but with a little more intensity. This springs out of the glass whereas the previous vintage needed more coaxing. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit on the entry. I like the cohesion and focus here, demonstrating fine structure for a Fleurie, almost Morgon-like on the finish. This is a superb follow-up to the impressive 2014.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)93 pts

Jan 2017 - Josh Raynolds - Deep ruby. High-pitched red berry, spicecake and floral scents are complemented by deeper suggestions of cherry pit and licorice. Taut and sharply focused on entry, offering palate-staining bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that flesh out and turn sweeter with aeration. Silky tannins add gentle grip to the finish, which hangs with very impressive, subtly spicy tenacity. The interplay of power and elegance here is quite something.

JancisRobinson.com (2012)16.5 pts

Exciting mineral streak cuts through the vibrant fruit. Dry finish, thoroughly French! No fun without food but lovely with fairly light dishes and saucisson, Should age well.

Wine Spectator (2014)87 pts

Grilled herb, floral and white pepper notes line the cherry and currant fruit flavors in this crisp, light-bodied red. Zesty acidity and light tannins frame the smoky, minerally finish. Drink now through 2018.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)91 pts

This single vineyard wine comes from a steep parcel that is wedged between crus Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent. It is deliciously packed with crisp cherry fruits and fine acidity. At the same time, it is structured, solid and with a core of tannins. It is a wine that will age for a while longer, so drink from late 2017.

Vinification Notes

The grapes are hand harvested with care to keep the bunches of gamay whole. The winery is very traditional and allows the wine to ferment for 6 days before pressing to allow the unique characteristic of inter-cellular fermentation to occur.