2015 Anne-Sophie Dubois Fleurie, “L’Alchemiste”
(Beaujolais, France) $27
Anne-Sophie Dubois trained in Volnay and Henri Jayer is her winemaking hero so she’s serious. It might be the power of suggestion, but her wines drink more like classic Burgundy than Beaujolais. Unlike most Beaujolais producers, she doesn’t use carbonic maceration, save for one cuvée, “Cocottes.”
Vineyard: “L’Alchemiste” comes from a 1300 foot, granitic, southwest facing vineyard. The vines are about 40 years old.
Vinification: Fermented in concrete and older barrels. Aged in casks, half on fine lees for one year and bottled unfiltered with a small amount of SO2.
Tasting Note: Expressive but not over the top with cloves, hints of pepper, cinnamon, red fruits and ham hock. Beaujolais for Burgundy drinkers.
Food Pairing: Simple roast chicken. Sliced ham. Red curries.
Drinkability: This wine has some structure so I think it will age pretty well over the next four or five years, but I bet it is going to be in a great spot in the next six months to a year. That said, drink away, it’s tasty now.