Light and fragrant, Fleurie as its name implies evokes the flowers of springtime. It is a fruity and fulfilling Beaujolais that is best young and cold. The Château de La Chaize has bought out its Fleurie 2019 made with the Gamay Noir grape variety, a variety typical of the Beaujolais region and offering a rich fruity flavor to the wines. The grapes grow in a soil dominated by granite and emanate from vine plants that are on the average 40-years-old. The producers recommend drinking this wine with its luscious red garnet color starting in February of 2021 at a temperature of 13 degrees C. Most Fleuries, named for the village of Fleurie, should be savored within two years although some vintages can age quite well.
And when you can get to France, the estate has just completed a three-year restoration of its wine cellar which is now open to the public. The Chateau de La Chaize has been producing wine since 1676 and it is one of the most beautiful buildings constructed along the plans of the great French architect Jules-Hardouin Mansart, fabled father architect of Versailles. The visit begins with a tour of the cellars built in 1771 and carries on with a tasting and a discovery of the outside of the castle (currently undergoing restorations) and its beautiful park and grounds of 988 acres (400 hectares) including 370 acres (150 hectares) of vineyards. And you can also enjoy a tasting during the visit.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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