Deliciously complex, this is an everyday treat from a rising star in the heart of one of France’s most iconic regions.
Producer: Anne-Sophie Dubois
Region: Fleurie, Beaujolais, France
Grapes: 100% Gamay
Body: Lighter Body
Flavors: Ripe Red Currant, Clove Spice, Earth
Pairings: Charcuterie or Roast Chicken
“The perfect balance of fruit, earth, and a little bit of spice,” Battles said. “[Fleurie] is what I think of as the most elegant of all the Crus, and she really encompasses all of that.”
Presenting a violet coloring in the glass, the nose immediately gives away the wine’s complexity, boasting brilliant currant fruit, black tea, moss, wild herbs, and elegant spice notes. The palate is fresh but deep, with fine tannin and a long, perfumed finish redolent of sandalwood and wet stone. The classic bistro pairing with roast chicken is appropriate here, or you might want to splurge on some soft cheeses and charcuterie, find the crunchiest baguette in town, and enjoyla belle vie.
“She’s amazing,” Battles said of the estate’s proprietress, Anne-Sophie Dubois. “She’s an up-and-coming star in the Beaujolais region. She’s just a total badass.”
Dubois trained with some of France’s most prestigious winemakers in the storied hills of Burgundy, but she wasn’t interested in the flash and fame she found there. Instead, she set her sights on the traditionally humble region of Beaujolais, just to the south—and promptly blew the doors off. Dubois’ small, 8 hectare (approximately 20 acre) estate is located in Fleurie, one of the ten Crus, or subzones, of Beaujolais. Fleurie is known for producing pretty, delicate expressions of the Gamay grape, which reigns supreme in Beaujolais.
“Her wines really speak to the true essence of what that Cru is,” Battles said. “It’s exciting to see someone who’s part of a young generation and has the conviction to do what she’s doing.”