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Anne-Sophie Dubois Fleurie l'Alchimiste 2019

Red Wine from Beaujolais, France
$36.99

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Alchimiste ages for ten months, partially in cement cuves and in used oak casks. A serial beautiful Beaujolais, it pairs the aromatics and minerality Fleurie is renowned for with a depth of dark-berry fruit and a solid tannic structure. Red fruits, purple fruits, some mint, roses and a touch of umami. This will only continue to add complexity with time in your cellar.

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Anne-Sophie Dubois is a Beaujolais star. She makes some of the most Burgundian Gamay We've ever tried, age-worthy Fleuries that ooze the confidence and style of those great Pinot Noirs. The crazy thing is, she’s only been making wine for about 6 or 7 years, and she’s already a master of her craft. She draws her own beautiful wine labels, too.

Anne Sophie grew up in Champagne and cut her winemaking teeth in Volnay. Those early experiences as well as her fondness for the wines of the revered Henri Jayer greatly influenced her approach to winemaking. Most Cru Beaujolais traditionally utilizes whole clusters and semi-carbonic fermentation, a method that endows the wines with tell-tale fruity and bouncy qualities. Although we adore the wines of Foillard, Lapierre, and Métras, there's something about Dubois that grasps you in a very different way.

Her approach of de-stemmed Gamay and traditional Burgundian fermentation provide more structure and definition than the norm. While her wines retain a fresh and bostrious fruit profile, they are uncommonly structured and focused. It’s a style we absolutely adore.

The wines are reminiscent of Gevrey -Chambertin; intense yet supremely elegant, abounding in blackberry, lavender, and strawberry flavors with velvet ribbon-like texture and fine-point tannins. Add that to the unique, granitic mineral profile of Fleurie. What more can be asked of Gamay.

Along with these more “serious” Anne-Sophie employs the traditional whole cluster fermentation of her adopted to make a couple of cuvees that are distilled joy.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 93
"Glistening ruby. Vibrant, spice-accented red and blue fruits and pungent flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Sappy and seamless in the mouth, the spine of juicy acidity adding energy to plush boysenberry and raspberry preserve flavors. Shows sharp definition and repeating florality on the persistent, gently tannic finish, which leaves sweet red fruit and smoky mineral notes behind." -Vinous

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Gamay

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Juicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

Customer Reviews

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Dennis Do

Super smooth and delicious!