Wine of the Week: 2013 Barbet Fleurie Chateau de Fleurie

COUNTRY: France

REGION: Beaujolais

VARIETAL: Gamay

RATING: 93 

This wine is awesome. I like taking the first few sips of a new wine, immediately being intrigued by it, grabbing the bottle and reading the label to learn more about what's going on. Interestingly enough, this Gamay comes from a relatively small French chateau that was built in the 18th century. The vineyard is co-owned by the Boisen and Barbet families, who are direct descendants of the first owner.

After a little more research, I learned that the vines at Chateau de Fleurie are planted in soil that is very pure granite, which is ideal for good drainage. The grapes are hand-picked and then transferred to vats that are covered by weighted grills. Six months in oak barrels help contribute to the wine's inviting aromas and smooth finish.

TASTING NOTES

On the nose you'll smell cherries and rose petals sprayed with expensive perfume. On the palate, you'll taste ripe fruits and silky smooth tannins. If you like easy-drinking, balanced California Pinot Noirs, you'll really enjoy this wine.

FOOD PAIRING

Pair it with any poultry dish or roast. We paired it with pan-seared chicken and white cheddar mac and cheese.