Offered APR 28th, 2017

The estate of Domaine de la Grand Cour dates back to 1969 when it was purchased by Jean Dutraive, making it one of the oldest Fleurie. Today, Jean-Louis Dutraive organically farms vines throughout Fleurie and Brouilly, but Clos de la Grand Cour is the heart of the domaine. The Vieilles Vignes bottling comes from a 70 year-old monopole vineyard, and displays a floral and spicy persona – reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of Morey St. Denis and Volnay. The 2015 vintage produced wines that are powerful, structured and loaded with vibrant, ripe fruit. There is a depth and density of aromas and flavors that set this vintage apart.

Dutraive Fleurie Le Clos Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2015
36 bottles available
$35 per bottle

93 points View From the Cellar: “These eighty year-old vines from Monsieur Dutraive have produced a slightly riper wine in 2015, as this wine tips the scales at 14.5 percent alcohol. However, the nose shows no signs of overripeness in its fine constellation of plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, beautiful, dark soil tones, gamebirds, a touch of fresh thyme and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite plush on the attack, but with a nice sense of reserve that is not evident on the Chapelle des Bois bottling this year. The core is sappy and rock solid, there is some ripe tannin perking up the finish and the wine is balanced, focused and nascently complex. This is a terrific 2015 Fleurie that is approachable out of the blocks, but will be even better with a year or two in the cellar.”

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