BB Review: Domaine Château de Grand Pré Fleurie 2016
It turns out it'll be a very French Christmas in the Bottle Bitches households this year! But did we find our final French Christmas wine to be out of this world? Guess you'll just have to read on to find out... 🧣🎄🍷
BOTTLE: Domaine Château de Grand Pré Fleurie 2016 – Beaujolais, France
WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £20.00 from Secret Cellar
ABV & TECH SPECS: 13% ABV
LET'S GET NERDY: Domaine Château de Grand Pré is a family owned organic estate with vineyards situated in the Morgon and Fleurie regions of Beaujolais. Fleurie wines produce a style of Beaujolais that is fresh, floral, fragrant and feminine. The vines for this particular wine are around 60 years old and the vinified wines are aged for about 7 months in oak and bring another dimension of complexity to the wine.
WHY THIS IS KATE'S CHRISTMAS WINE: I bought this wine because I thought it would pair well with my Thanksgiving turkey dinner guys, it was love at first sip. I immediately knew I needed to pick up another bottle to share with my BBs and then another– I don't know, 50?– bottles to hoard and drink all on my own throughout the festive season. But hold up, I'm getting ahead of myself...
CARO: Old World, French, and a wine Skates is raving about? Needless to say that, apart from its super cool label and play-on-words name, the first impression of this wine wasn’t great... Until it made its way into my glass! OH MY - its cloudy hue reminds me of that farmhouse strawberry juice my mum and I used to drive an hour to savour at that old Estaminet up the Cassel hill!
It’s SUPER PLAYFUL, smells fizzy, but tastes a juicy mix of bitter, sweet, and floral notes, with a lingering one of candied violet. SO. MANY. BEAUTIFUL. LAYERS.
ANGELA: The colour of this wine is so rustic and warming, it’s unfiltered which gives a cloudy hue in the glass. The smell reminds me a little bit of sloe gin and it smells rich and comforting. The palate is perfumed and delicately fruity – plum and cherry notes and spice, like a winter pudding. This would make for a perfect Turkey wine but it’s light enough to savour a couple of glasses by itself.
KATE: The moment I poured this wine into my glass I had a new favourite colour: cloudy ruby red. I mean, look at it. It's gorgeous! If I didn't love drinking this wine so freaking much, I'd just sit and stare at it all day long. Literally. 😍 But wouldn't you know it, this wine tastes just as good as it looks and gives off bright and juicy cherry notes with a kick of Wrigley's Hubba Bubba strawberry-watermelon bubblegum, except it's like 5,000 times more sophisticated. In case I haven't made it clear, I love this wine and I'm so absolutely thrilled that it converted Caro to the Gamay side.
WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Can we have two? One to look at and one to drink. And then another and another and another. Kthanks!