2014 Fleurie Bel Air

Lafarge Vial; Domaine

91Average Score
Red
2017-2022
6x75cl
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7 Immediate | 0 Marketplace
£105.00
6xMags
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2 Immediate | 0 Marketplace
£207.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
91
Drinking window
2017-2022
Critic Notes

Vivid red. High-pitched red berry, lavender and Asian spice aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a mineral element with aeration. Juicy and fine-grained, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter and deeper with air. In a graceful style, with no rough edges. Shows excellent finishing clarity; silky, even tannins shape a penetrating finish that leaves a sexy floral pastille note behind. Aug 2016, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2018-2022

Score: 92-/100Josh RaynoldsDrinking Window: 2018-2022

The Fleurie bottling from the lieu à dit of Bel Air are the oldest the Lafarges worked with in the 2014 vintage (I am not sure of the age of their parcels in Joie du Palais which will not make its debut until the 2015 vintage), having been planted in the 1930s and 1950s. The wine is very pretty and very red fruity in this vintage, offering up a fine constellation of cranberries, tart cherries, granite, vinesmoke and a topnote of fresh thyme. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and intensely flavored, with lovely mineral drive, a bit of backend tannin and excellent focus and grip on the long and tangy finish. This is a bit more reserved in personality than the Chiroubles and I would really be inclined to tuck this away for at least a year or two in the cellar and allow it to start to blossom. Nov 2015, www.viewfromthecellar.com

Score: 92-/100John Gilman, View From The Cellar

Lightish cherry red. A little more intensely fruited than the Chiroubles and a light note of vanilla sweetness although the fruit is darker in character. The texture here reveals the terroir – dry finesse of granite, here with a light touch. Less flirtatious than the Chiroubles, more contemplative but still delicious. Very long. Jan 2016, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2017-2022

Score: 17-/20Julia Harding MWDrinking Window: 2017-2022

A slightly more elegant nose features a similar array of aromas except here the floral components are a bit more evident. This sense of refinement is enhanced by the restrained and almost delicate flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the balanced, slightly firmer and beautifully long finish that isn't quite as complex, at least not yet in any event. Jun 2016, www.burghound.com

Score: 90-/100Allen Meadows, Burghound
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Beaujolais
Sub-region
-
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2017-2022
Country
France
Region
Beaujolais
Sub-region
-
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2017-2022
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