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Fleurie AC 2014, La Madone
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  • 249. Fleurie AC 2014, La Madone

    Gilbert Chanudet

    100% Gamay (12.5% alc.)

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    La Madone, the most famous plot in Fleurie, and at 430m the highest of the appellation, offers a soil of pale pink decomposed granite, on a granite bedrock. Chanudet produces the most elegant expression possible: a gentle colour, violet note on the nose, a wonderfully supple texture, soft red and black fruits backed by a strong mineral character on the finish. For drinking now to 2021+.

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Winemaker
Jean-Claude Chanudet, Gilbert Chanudet
Location
Fleurie La Madone hillside
Size of domaine
3½ hectares of which ½h for Fleurie
Grape
60 year old gamay. 10,000 vines per hectare in fobelet formation. Selection massale on Vialla rootstock
Terroir
Granite topsoil and base on south-east facing gentle slope. There is roughly 1m of topsoil over the mother rock. 250m above sea level.
Viticulture
Largely follows organic practice but hates the organic movement (‘the new church’). Neither debudding nor vendanges en vert are necessary. The soil is ploughed when necessary. Copper, citrothiol and soliplante (all permissible products under organic viticulture) against oidium and mildew. Manual harvest. Table de trie. Yield of 40hh.
Vinification
Pre-fermentation macerated at 10°C for 20 to 25 days. Cement cuve and foudres for fermentation. Indigenous yeasts. No chaptalisation. Fermented at 19°C for 40 days under maceration carbonique. Uses a wooden vertical press. Aged for 8 to 10 months in 30% barrels and 70% cement cuves. Racked once. One bottling using their own equipment. 2,600 bts produced.
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