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  • Domaine Gregoire Hoppenot, Fleurie 'Origines', Beaujolais, France 2018
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    Jamie Collins

Domaine Gregoire Hoppenot, Fleurie 'Origines', Beaujolais, France 2018

Domaine Gregoire Hoppenot, Fleurie 'Origines', Beaujolais, France 2018

The Wine.

A beautifully made, bright and aromatic Fleurie; medium bodied, juicy, minerally and fragrant. 13% abv and ideal for drinking this spring, though it will age well through to 2024. Delicious with roast chicken or steak frites.

The Estate.

Grégoire describes his wines as ‘sans fard’ (without makeup), meaning he does not pretty them up with any winery chicanery (acidifying, adding sugar etc), and he relies on native yeasts to start fermentation, rather than adding a particular bought strain. This is so his wines are an accurate representation of vintage and place.

His Fleurie ‘Origines’ comes from two prime vineyard sites – one young and one old, both undergoing conversion to organic. The younger vines bring fruit and polish; the old vines add structure and depth of flavour.

Harvesting is done by hand by Grégoire, his family and a small band of pickers.

The Appellation.

Fleurie is one of the 10 Crus in the rolling hills of Northern Beaujolais. Gamay is the only red grape allowed and the wines tend to be silkier and more floral than those from the other Crus.

Offered: March 2020.

Alcohol: 13%.

Drinking window: 2020 - 2024.

Food matching: Roast chicken or steak frites!

  • Post author
    Jamie Collins