About the Wine
Located in the historic capital of Beaujolais, Beaujeu, Domaine de Bel-Air has been producing superb Beaujolais since 1840. Today the estate is run by Jean-Marc Lafont, who, since 1992 has used eco-friendly vine techniques (HVE certified) with minimal intervention to produce healthy, natural grapes. Jean-Marc produces impressive well-built fruit-forward wines and deserves to heralded amongst the Beaujolais elite.
2017 was a near-perfect vintage, much like 2015 the wines are well built and have great aging potential. The 2017 Domaine de Bel-Air Fleurie Granits Roses is a well-built wine with some aging potential. Coming from hand-harvested, 50-year-old vine, the wine is rich with fine tannins and a staggeringly long finish. This 2017 Beaujolais is a perfect backyard wine best enjoyed while flipping burgers on the grill underneath the warmth of the sun.
Aging: In vats and barrels for 8 months.
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby robe, floral violet and iris aromas, full mouthfeel with refined, elegant tannins.
Some darker-fruit aromas, as well as dark-stone, granite influence. The palate has a very smooth, smoky red-fruit core with sleek tannins that carry long and shimmer on the finish. Drink or hold. ~93JS
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