Mont Verrier, La Tonne, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2020

Best in Show

Best in Show
Decanter World Wine Awards

Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Sub-region: Fleurie
Grape(s): Gamay 100%
Producer: Mont Verrier
Alc: 14

Mont Verrier, La Tonne, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2020 Mont Verrier, La Tonne, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2020

Compared with its other nine Beaujolais cru peers, Fleurie is never 'the most' of anything -- except, that is, of charm. The pretty name, too, promises a beguiling scent. This heady as well as head-turning combination is sometimes hard to live up to in practice … but not here. This wine is a dark, opaque black-red, and from the moment you dip your nose into the glass, you'll find all of the flower-fruited lift you expect, allied to flavours which fill the mouth with bright cherry and plum but do so in a way which never calls either charm or scent into question. The wine's weight is all fruit, too, with tissue-soft tannins, and the cherries and plums themselves continue to evoke blossom as much as juicy, spurting flesh on the palate. You might, though, find just a touch of granite stoniness in the finish – enough to detain and thrill on the second (or third) glass. Drink as soon as possible, lightly chilled.

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