DOMAINE ANN SOPHIE DUBOIS, FLEURIE, BURGUNDY

Anne is very much one of the rising vigneron stars of Beaujolais, with argueably some of the most glowing reviews of Fleurie in recent times. Originally from Champagne she passionately claims she is a grower first winemaker second. Based in Fleurie she is making some very exciting ‘Burgundy like’ reds choosing not to use carbonic maceration in her winemaking.

Her organic estate is only planted in hills and high density, the vines benefit from maximum sunshine. Poor Granitic soils naturally inhibit the force of Gamay and gives low yields of around 40 hl / ha.

She references Henri Jayer’s philosophy as her inspiration, what she regards as the key to great red burgundy – organics, destemming, pre maceration and no filtering. Her time making wine in Volnay seemingly the perfect playground before she purchased the 8 hectares in Fleurie.

“Bright ruby-red. A wild, assertively perfumed bouquet evokes cherry pit, dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers, and a subtle touch of gaminess emerges slowly. Weighty yet lively, offering palate staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity and power on the finish, which hangs on with superb, dark- fruit-driven tenacity”Josh Reynolds – Galloni – 93 Points

“The 2014 Fleurie Clepsydre was cropped at 20 hectoliter per hectare due to poor flowering on the 60-80-year-old vines. It has a slightly richer and more opulent nose than the Alchemiste without losing any of its precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy, ripe tannin, well-judged acidity and a gentle grip upon the structured finish. This has great potential: a very natural and refined Fleurie courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dubois”Neal Martin