Andrew Guard

2016 Fleurie ‘Les Moriers’, Domaine Chignard

Bright, focused, and energetic, the fruit-filled 2016 Fleurie "Les Moriers" reflects its outstanding terroir with good concentration and a depth not usually found in the wines of Fleurie. It carries the scent of wild sweet strawberries and plum skin. It's very lush and vivid, with great cut and precision. The vines average 60 years old and the wines are made with incredible attention to detail. Highly recommended

We purchase the 'unfiltered' bottling which has much more vitality and life than the more common 'filtered' version. Domaine Chignard's Fleurie "Les Moriers" from the excellent 2013 vintage carries the scent of wild sweet strawberries and plum skin. It's very lush and vivid, tasting of blueberries, black cherries and plums. The vines average 60 years old and the wines are made with incredible attention to detail. This wine is very popular in France, in fact 70% of it is sold in France such is the respect for the work of the Chignard family. This is no ordinary Fleurie.

The Domaine Chignard's 8 hectares of vines are situated right at the top of the hill bordering Moulin-à-Vent, on pure granitic soil inflected with the manganese found in Moulin-à-Vent. The ‘Moriers’ lieu-dit contains their oldest vines, some of which are over 60-years-old and all of which are free-standing in traditional ‘gobelet’ style. Vinification is divided between stainless steel, cement and large wooden tanks, all using the classic whole bunch method for the maximum extraction of fruit.The wines from Chignard are quickly sold to France's many restaurants, indeed 70% of their sales are within France.