Chateau de Fleurie Fleurie 2011 (91pts)
Gamay grapes deliver wines with incredible flexibility when it comes to food pairings. This Boisen Barbet Chateau de Fleurie is no exception. It's got fabulous, juicy fruit, floral notes, and spice to boot. Have the wine slightly cooler than room temperature and enjoy your first glasses with a big platter of French olives, charcuterie and grilled cheddar cheese bites made with crusty peasant bread. This Chateau de Fleurie is one of those French reds which works with fish dishes; we recommend halibut in a red wine sauce. If you want to bring out the fruit, you'll love this Boisen Barbet with roast pork belly and a gingery rhubarb compote on the side. If you're craving comfort food, make it smoky meatloaf with prune ketchup. Just one more: all of the lovely flavors, especially the spice and floral nuances, of this Fleurie make it a perfect choice with one other meal. Say it with me winelovers!! Roast turkey!! Finish off the meal with an aged chevre cheese of your choice and another glass or two. Bon apetit winelovers!
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and Asian spices. Lively and focused on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors and suave spice and candied rose qualities. Very pure and precise, with strong finishing cut and persistent spiciness. This wine showcases the finesse and energy that mark the best wines of this vintage." Apr 2012
Trade Info: "Six months in casks gives smoothness and roundness to this wine and accentuates its exuberant red fruit aromas. Fleurie is locally Queen of the beaujolais because of its smoothness and delicacy. Ideal with roasts, lamb and white meat dishes."
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