Clos de Mez Fleurie La Dot 2017
'Just 5 cases of this wine for Australia from the extremely low yielding 2017 vintage.
La Dot refers to the dowry that Marie-Elodie’s grandmother received. This wine pays hommage to her. From a plot of 50 year old vines located in the southern sector of Fleurie close to the border of Morgon. Produced from gnarled old goblet pruned vines grown on decomposed sandy pink granite and made from ridiculously low yields in 2017 of just 5 hl/ha. Grapes are sorted as they are picked in each plot of the vineyard; in whole bunches, the grapes are moved to the vats by a system of gravity. Pre-fermentation maceration at cold temperature is carried out for few days, followed by alcoholic fermentation interspersed by cappunching and pumping-over. After tasting, the grapes are removed from the vats after 2 to 3 weeks. 40 to 50% of this wine is matured in barrels for 9 months. After blending the wine in barrels with the other quantity in vats, maturing continues for 12 more months. Then, another additional year is necessary after bottling to appreciate the vintage in its first stage of plenitude. Afterwards, time will be the wine’s best ally to enable it to achieve its fullest development.
“A very brambly array of flowers and small red berries. Leafy and light tobacco notes, too. The palate has a very succulent feel with lithe, juicy tannins, holding a long and vibrant finish. Drink or hold.“ 91 points, jamessuckling.com, February 2019'
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