Domaine de Fa Fleurie Roche Guillon 2016

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About This Wine

Grapes are naturally fermented, semi carbonic style, with 100% whole bunches in concrete fermenters. The ferments last for 7 -10 days and the wines are then matured in large oak barrels (20 and 30 hl Stockinger foudre and some 600lt demi-muid). Certified organic (biodynamic farming). The wine making is the same as above. This is from Roche Guillon, a steep, terraced climat in Fleurie. Rising to 350 metres altitude, it lies on a hillside close to Poncié (which we know well from the Vissoux stable). Coincidentally, another incomer, Frédéric Lafarge, also farms vines on this same hill. It's a beautiful place and the old, biodynamically managed bush vines are rooted in pink granitic sand mixed through with limestone and clay. This is darker and more tightly wound as you would expect with lifted, super youthful carbonic notes a dark core and a twist of inky carbonic. These characteristics follow through in the mouth with the wine needing time or air and food right now. Still absolutely delicious with deep, juicy blueberry and iodine fruit and sappy, crunchy freshness. Expect intense vibrancy and drive and plenty of sticky tannins. A cracking debut.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Gamay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Beaujolais
Brand Domaine de Fa
Vintage 2016

Wines from Burgundy

A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.

Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.

The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.

In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production

When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.

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