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Lafarge-Vial, Fleurie, 2020


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With about 15% whole-cluster, fermentation in concrete tanks and maturation in neutral barrels, this Fleurie is sourced from the granitic lieux-dits Bel Air and Sarcillon.


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When a famous winemaker wanders far from home to make a totally new wine, you can be skeptical. When Gaja makes Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany, how much of Gaja’s magic really ends up in the final wine? It can be hard to say.

It's not hard to say with Lafarge's Beaujolais: Yes, they bottled their magic.

Lafarge, of course, has been making magic in Volnay for decades. But with small holdings, frost and hail, they don't get to make enough of it to go around. So they headed a little south to the Beaujolais, where they bought vines and named their new Domaine Lafarge-Vial (Vial is Chantal’s maiden name).

It shouldn't come as a big surprise that they've done such a good job. The family has made one of the greatest Bourgogne Passetoutgrains for generations: they know Gamay.

More important, Beaujolais isn't that far from home. So they have no problem being actively involved in the farming (same organic and biodynamic practices as in Volnay) and the winemaking. As a bonus, Gamay in Beaujolais ripens at a slightly different time than their grapes in Volnay, so they can do one harvest after another without missing a beat.

Professional Reviews


BH 92
"This is aromatically similar to the Chiroubles but with just a touch more elegance. The cool and restrained nose mixes both red and dark fruit aromas with those of discreet spice and floral wisps. There is very good detail and energy to the more refined if slightly less concentrated flavors that possess a lovely texture on the lingering finale that firms up as it sits on the palate. Very good quality here." -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 89
"The 2020 Fleurie, which comes from two parcels on pink granite soil, includes 30% whole bunch. The nose is quite backward and required some coaxing from the glass. The palate is more open at the moment, quite intense with supple tannins, tart red fruit laced with white pepper on the finish. Fine." -Vinous


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  • Style

    Floral , Fruity , Spicy

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

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