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AOC Fleurie III Beaujolais Cru Chasselay

£21.50

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Fleurie III is made from three tiny plots which total only 0.6 hectares.
Fleurie III is made from three tiny plots which total only 0.6 hectares. Meticulous manual vineyard practices and aged on its lees in larger used oak barrels for 10 months. A floral elegant nose of violets and cassis and beautiful lightness of touch. Raspberry, violet and cherry notes with subtle earthy granitic undertones and not dissimilar to Pinot Noir in many ways.

Taste

Both crunchy and ripe, Lithe red berry fruit

Aroma

Cherry blossom, Red plum

Domaine Chasselay comprises 13 hectares of vineyards and is located in Châtillon d'Azergues, with focus on Côte de Brouilly and Brouilly. In recent years, the estate also makes wines with fruit that is sourced from further parcels of vines in Morgon, Fleurie, Chénas and Moulin à Vent. The Chasselay family have been vignerons here since 1464! Working alongside their parents, Jean-Gilles and Christiane, son and daughter Fabien and Claire continue the family tradition of striving for ultimate quality and authenticity in their wines alongside a commitment to respect the environment in all that they do. Zero weeding and zero synthetic chemical products: that is how they nuture their vines and make their wines, all in full compliance with Ecocert specifications of Organic Agriculture (AB), since 2006. The estate maintains hedgerows and borders of wild flowers in their vineyards. It is the family's way of promoting biodiversity, combating erosion and preserving wildlife. They also pay particular attention to the lunar calendar, the seasons and the weather forecast in order to work the land and the wines in respect of their biological rhythms. Mechanical or manual, plowing helps regulate natural grassing. Fabien encorages plants to grow (clover, chickweed, veronica, bluegrass, bindweed etc.) as they reduce the risk of disease and erosion. All wines are matured in oak barrels or larger wooden tanks/vats for six to eight months. All grapes are vinified with indigenous yeasts but without the addition of sulphites, with only a small dose being added at bottling. Fabien did part of his training at Domaine Bruno Clavelier in Vosne-Romanée, and he came to favour a high degree of de-stemming rather than doing Beaujolais’ traditional, 100% whole cluster fermentations. The result of all of this is Beaujolais of unusual succulence.

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  1. Stunner

    This is so much better than I remember Beaujolais of old to be. Bought it on the back of the 93 points review, and it still exceeded expectation. It is light, but in a drinkable way, rather than a dull, watery way. Cracking stuff.

    TheLeonard

  2. Lovely

    Lovely fresh red wine, so drinkable. No heavyness or drying feeling in the mouth and nice low alcohol.

    Delphi

  3. Superlative

    Such a good wine, and so versatile with food, largely thanks to its refreshing acidity. Dangerously quaffable

    forkedtongue

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