DES MARRANS FLEURIE RED 15

Regular price $24.99

In the glass it’s a deep garnet with purple reflections at the rim. The nose is pretty and perfumed but with some nice, stony bass notes: aromas of black and red raspberry, plum, damp violets, dried herbs, and crushed stones. It is deeply flavored and medium-plus in body, with a persistent mineral/floral finish. While much more focused than many 2015s I’ve tasted, it’s nevertheless very accessible now—decant it about 30 minutes before serving around 60 degrees (or a little cooler) in Burgundy stems and you’re good to go. I think it will continue to improve over the next 5-7 years if you can keep your hands off it, which won’t be easy: At this price, it is next-level picnic/outdoor grilling wine that delivers both refreshment and real character. What more could you ask for, really? Check it out with a nice chill alongside some kabobs off the grill—you don’t need to worry about heat from spice, if you go that way, as this wine’s moderate alcohol, ample fruit, and supple tannins make it a perfect foil. It’s so great to have cru Beaujolais back in the rotation! Cheers!

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