Of the top ten Cru sites of Beaujolais, Fleurie is one of the top three. The wines show finesse, fullness, and flavor. Fleurie does age well for 3-5 years from vintage. The area was named for a Romain General named Floricum, not for the word flower in French. The size of this AOC is 875 hectares of grapes (2,161 acres) and about 180 examples of this Cru are available on the market. This Cru is known as the “Queen of Beaujolais” and the earth is slightly unusual for having blue color, due to magnesium in the soil.
Intense red color, subtle fruity and floral aromas of violet, berry and cinnamon. It also has a distinctive aroma of Peony and Lily flowers, typical of the "Sur le Mont" terroir. Ample in the mouth with plenty of ripe red and black fruit flavors. The structure is full and the tannins are round and elegant. Even better after a few years of cellaring.
Excellent with red and game meats, and cheeses.
"Bold nose of wild blackberries and black raspberries with notes of wild herbs. Ripe, concentrated and well-structured, this impressive Fleurie is just beginning to show what it’s really made of. Long, moderately tannic finish with notes of black tea and savory. Drinkable now, but best from 2025."
- James Suckling (February 2023); 93 pts
"This wine has a good structure, firmly sustaining the black fruits and juiciness. A mineral edge gives a fine texture. Drink from 2024. - Roger VOSS"
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2023), 90 pts
"High-density planting adds to the concentration of this ripe wine. Black-cherry flavors burst from the glass to give both richness and a structure that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2021. - Roger Voss"
- Wine Enthusiast (January 2020), 91 pts
"The 2015 Fleurie Vers le Mont saw an 11-day maceration with 50% of the grapes destemmed, 80% aged in foudres and the rest in tank. It has an interesting nose, a little standoffish at first, but gradually opening with black fruit tinged with Earl Grey and leather. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite structured and tightly wound for a Fleurie in this vintage, though I appreciate the focus and detail. - Neal Martin "
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #232, August 31st 2017), 88 pts
Domaine Manoir du Carra is located in the small town of Denice, south of Burgundy and in the heart of the Beaujolais area. The property dates back to 1850 and ...