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2014 Dutraive Fleurie Chapelle Des Bois
Jean-Louis Dutraive has steadily moved into the top echelon of Beaujolais producers.
His 2014s will be a tipping point for the domaine.
Dutraive's wines entered a crowded Beaujolais market five years ago. Since then, they've had no trouble distinguishing themselves.
His 2014s are the strongest wines we've seen from Dutraive to date.
These are the only bottles of Chapelle des Bois in the U.S. In the past, we've devoted much of our attention to Dutraive's old vine bottling from Grand' Cour. The 2014 Chapelle was so impressive that it was impossible not to work with.
Chapelle des Bois shows a very different dimension to Dutraive's style. Chapelle des Bois and Grand' Cour can be viewed as bookends. If Grand' Cour is "Fleurie with teeth" in its structure and power, Chapelle des Bois is more delicate and feminine.
This is the most floral, agile and suavely gulpable wine of Dutraive's. The 2014 is the best Chapelle des Bois we've tasted by a good margin. You've likely heard a lot about the 2014 Beaujolais vintage and you'll be hearing more. All appearances point to it being one of the best vintages of the past decade. When the dust settles, it may be second only to 2005.
2014's concentration and freshness created a dazzling Chapelle des Bois. The palate is lifted and bright while delivering a mid-palate punch that's full of flowers, minerals and snappy red fruits.
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