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Winning our Wine Champions panels’ hearts for the second year in succession, our flagship-label Fleurie shows off the hallmark floral fragrance that gives this Beaujolais cru its name, along with the richness of the vintage and gorgeous length on the palate.
Product Code: BJ8481
At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful. At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted with a single red grape: gamay, or to be more precise, gamay noir à jus blanc. Often densely planted to help control the vines vigour, and therefore yields, trained low and pruned hard, they are need at least a short spell of real heat to ripen properly. In terms of soil, gamay does not do well on sedimentary rock types. Much of Beaujolais is granite with outcrops of schist in part of Morgon or Andesites in the Cote de Brouilly. A little over 200 hectares is planted with chardonnay, which is growing in popularity because it is easier to sell and can be turned into sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne. White Beaujolais is sold either as Beaujolais blanc or Beaujolais-Villages blanc, and the best comes areas with chalk in the soil.Below is a list of the appellations, but it is worth mentioning that the most important factor in the wines’ quality is the grower. Beaujolais: Mostly from the south where the soils are often of a limestone called pierres dorées, which makes excellent building material. But there are granites as well and a great many styles of wine possible though a major part of the productions continues to be made as Nouveau.Beaujolais-Villages: These wines come from the north and are set among the ten crus and planted on the same granitic soils. 38 parishes are allowed to produce Beaujolais-Villages. They offer a midway point between generic Beaujolais and the greater complexity of the crus. The ten crus, from north to south, are: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Each have their own unique variation on the local geology and topography, climatic conditions and character; from the light, fragrant Chiroubles to the richer, more concentrated Moulin-à-Vent with its ability to age and comparison in great years with top Burgundies. Within these crus are specific vineyards, or climats, with deserved reputations for high-quality, such as Poncié in Fleurie or Côte du Py in Morgon. For a more thorough examination of these crus and their characteristic traits please see our How to Buy Beaujolais guide in the Wine World & News section of our website.
Good to very good wines at ‘cru’ level (the top appellations such as Fleurie, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent) but more patchy for Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages from the southern part of the region. 2019 was a challenging year for growers, keeping them on their toes with capricious weather. Frost early in the season, summer drought and several August hailstorms in rapid succession were all disruptive. The harvest was also small with yields down about 25% on the yearly average. Nonetheless there are very good wines to be had, partly thanks to the reductions in yield and the grapes ripening well after a little rain in August helped them to stay the course. Less rich than 2017 and 2018, the 2019s are fresh and appealing, and the top wines will age well.
"It is very good.
Certainly, it is drinkable now.
For my taste, it would benefit from one more year of cellaring.
I would recommend this wine
"It is very good.
Certainly, it is drinkable now.
For my taste, it would benefit from one more year of cellaring.
I would recommend this wine
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"Given region and price... the former no longer an excuse (has some great wines).. this impressed... good selection"
Mr Julian Bailey (25-May-2020)
"Vey good indeed... Beaujolais has come a long way"
Mr Julian Bailey (06-May-2020)
"This can be summed up in only three words. ( Love this wine ) "
Mr Lawrence Marshom (28-Feb-2020)
"Very nice. Not too heavy, plenty of fruit and well balanced.
Mr Tristan Ward (15-Jan-2020)
"I love Beaujolais and have always enjoyed tasting the Society's cru offerings - for me this Fleurie is up there with the best. Served at a party and quite a few people were asking where to get some... have now ordered more. Has the lightness, fragrance, sweetness you expect, with lovely balance. Could easily encourage injudicious lunchtime drinking."
Mr Thomas Flemming (26-Aug-2019)
Lynn News (21st Apr 2020)
"One of the best [crus Beaujolais] I've seen in a long time is The Wine Society's Exhibition Fleurie. Inky in colour, fresh on the attack - raspberries, strawberries and red cherries - the mid-palate shows more weight and the finish is crisp, savoury and spicy. A great wine to drink all summer long. - Giles Luckett"
Rotherham Advertiser (15th Aug 2019)
"Ripe, fresh with
perfumed nose. - David Clay"
The Three Drinkers (11th Jun 2019)
"Beaujolais is back and it’s better than ever.
This Fleurie has all the hallmarks that make the appellation famous: perfume
and light-bodied silkiness, but it’s a million miles away from the soapy styles
of yore. Crying out for charcuterie. - Helena Nicklin"
"Quite intense and strawberry focused. Strawberry nose and palate, soft tannins, red fruit finish. Not much complexity but straightforward and enjoyable. "
Mr John Lay (11-Aug-2019)
"Actually disappointed. Seemed rough and unbalanced. Proably too young. Had much nicer Fleuries. "
Mr Bev Gray (16-Feb-2019)
"Super value for money. Great with Turkey . Light red , good cool, gentle enough even for fish. Easy drinking. NOT for cheese or red meat or game."
Mr John Robins (29-Dec-2018)
The Scotsman (6th Apr 2019)
raspberry aromas, light fruit on palate with soft and silky texture made by
negociant Les Vins Aujoux. - Rose Murray Brown"
"A wet Sunday afternoon, and this is a welcome ‘beaker full of the warm south’. I’ve opened it to have with lamb later and it will be perfect. Currently washing it down with some Lancashire cheese - maybe not a classic pairing but it works."
Ms Judith Lacy (29-Sep-2019)
"A pleasant reasonably light wine which in my view, although not exceptional, can safely be recommended. It is certainly good value and would be a good choice for weddings and other social occasions. I can readily imagine some people giving it four stars."
Neil Butter Esq (19-Feb-2018)
Mr Tim Pindar (31-Dec-2017)
Hexham Courant (23rd Feb 2018)
"Outstanding … a bit
rounder and fuller than [The Society's Exhibition] Côte de Brouilly  but
less extravagantly perfumed. - Helen Savage"
Lynn News (19th Dec 2017)
"Dry, often tannic
claret is an awful pairing for turkey; what you need is something with loads of
fruit, plenty of freshness to cut through the richness and something that won't
overpower it. In short you need the Wine Society's Fleurie 2016 (£9.75) - a
stupidly good value Beaujolais that's a marriage made in heaven. - Giles Luckett"
"I agree with Bill. It's a great bottle for the price. Superb match for lamb. Sweet but fresh, with some tannic depth on the mid palate and a very long finish. Looking forward to drinking this again."
Mr Matthew Stuttard (17-Sep-2017)
"Interesting to read the Rev Stanier's review, as we had a bottle of the 2015 a few nights ago and thought it sublime: round and lush, yet fresh. Were we lucky or was he unfortunate..? We've got another couple of bottles waiting, so we'll find out soon enough."
Mr Bill J Badley (16-May-2017)
"Review of 2015 vintage.
Have you thought of either Cote de Brouilly 2015 or Morgon 2013?
I bought a selection of Beaujolais and, to my great surprise, this was by far the most disappointing: rather synthetic in flavour. I think of Beaujolais crus, my sympathies primarily lie with Fleurie, perhaps just because that's the English way. So I was looking forward to this one. It's not awful: it's got Beaujolais fruitiness, but it's just rather synthetic. For another vintage, someone describes the Exhibition Fleurie as rather 'bubblegum', and I know what they mean.
If you want lovely fruit, but a more authentic feel (though I admit 'authentic' is a problematic word, but by it I mean the antithesis of 'bubblegum'), I'd head for the Exhibition Cote de Brouilly. If you'd prefer more depth of fruit, then I'd go for the Morgon 2013."
Rev Robert Stanier (11-Jul-2016)
Lynn News (6th Jun 2017)
"Refined, ripe and
utterly delicious, boasting generous quantities of black berries, cherries and
raspberry highlights. - Giles Luckett"
thewinegang.com (2nd Aug 2016)
"Yes this has floral
aromatic lift in this Gamay from Les Vins Aujoux, as the name always implies,
but beyond the fresh fragrance, there's a hit of crunchy, summer-pudding fruits
too with that juiciness of texture that characterises Fleurie. 87/100"
"Review of 2011 vintage. Recently opened a bottle of the 2011 vintage which had been stored at cellar temperature for a couple of years. Very interesting to compare the mixed reviews - members seem to be torn between it being a delectable, authentic expression of the lighter gamay grape and those who felt it a touch insipid and flat. I tend towards the former. Drank at perhaps 15c on warm evening with Turkey and mushroom risotto. Light mouthfeel typical of the grape / appellation. Chunky, fruity palate. Easy drinking, tasty gamay. I think, paradoxically, you actually need to think more carefully about food pairings and serving context with lighter reds than more full bodied varieties. Don't drink expecting Chateauneuf-du-Pape (not that you would), don't be afraid to chill slightly and enjoy the unpretentious charms of decent Beaujolais"
Mr Matthew Robison (24-Aug-2015)
"Good price for a good Fleurie."
Mr Jonathan Rippon (02-Aug-2015)
"Beaujolais isn't normally a wine I drink much, but this surprised with more fruit and body than I expected. As a result it's now one of my regular buys - definitely to be recommended."
Mr Jeremy D Hicks (03-Jun-2015)
"Very light bodied and with a bubblegum nose. Might be better well chilled in 25 deg of heat but struggled in UK March weather."
Mr David Bricknell (17-Apr-2015)
"Highly seductive Fleurie, great cuvée, strawberry nose, good weight and overall attractiveness to the structure of the wine. Highly recommended."
Mr Malcolm J Davies (31-Jan-2015)
"Drinking this as one bottle in the 6-bottle 2013 Beaujolais pack. This is actually the first bottle (after three) which has been 'correct' (in the French term). Lovely sweet, sherbety nose, seductive tension between 'sweetness' and 'saltiness'. Holds very well. Achieves great mouth-satisfyingness. It's excellent (but why were the others so 'incorrect'?)."
Professor John L Moles (30-Dec-2014)
"I found this to be light bodied rather than medium and quite an entertaining wine for a hot summer day like today when the thermometer has reached 29c here in sunny Bolton. Quite acidic, although never overly so and I feel needs food to really make it sing. I chilled this in the fridge as I often do with Beaujoulais and on first opening it tasted just like a rose, but as it got a little towards room temp (maybe 15c), I felt it became more recognisable as a typical Fleurie. Enjoyable, although I don't think I'd buy again as I feel it's most suited to warmer weather, of which we don't get a lot in the UK."
Mr Kieran Hynes (25-Jul-2014)
The Times (18th Jul 2015)
"Make certain you are
first in the queue for this beguilingly floral Fleurie. It has masses of
mouthwatering, fat, silky, plum, cherry and raspberry fruit, plus a terrific,
refreshing zesty finish. - Jane MacQuitty"
The Times (16th May 2015)
"Delightful red cherry
and plum-packed floral beaujolais, from top man Jacques Dépagneux, with masses
of seductive sweet, silky fruit: superior cru beaujolais at its best.- Jane MacQuitty"
"I agree with Laurence Cooper's review. decent quaffing wine but lacking in character.
Mr Philip J Stern (28-May-2014)
"Decent glassful of Beaujolais, true to appellation and a fascinating difference compared to TWS Exhibition Moulin a vent (which I preferred)."
Mr Tim Potts (22-Mar-2014)
"Found this quite unremarkable, a bit disappointing. Can't point to what was actually wrong with it, just a bit insipid. Doesn't cost the Earth, but I have had much better from both The Society and elsewhere for the same money."
Mr Laurence Cooper (28-Oct-2013)
"Delectable, velvety and rich."
Mr Simon Harris (19-May-2013)
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