Fleurie With Teeth - Best to Date: 2014 Dutraive Fleurie Grand'Cour VV

Posted by Joe Salamone

Fleurie With Teeth - Best to Date
2014 Dutraive Fleurie Grand'Cour VV

Dutraive's wines entered a crowded Beaujolais market five years ago. They've had no trouble standing out.

2014 is very likely the best vintage that we've tasted from him. And Grand'Cour VV is the standout.

Dutraive has vines throughout Fleurie and some in Brouilly, but Clos de la Grand'Cour is the domaine's heart and soul. This is an actual 8ha clos (a walled in vineyard) and a monopole for Dutraive. The VV comes from 60-70 year old vines here.

Fleurie Grand’Cour VV is Fleurie with muscle. Think Fleurie by way of Gevrey. Fleurie is known for being feminine and floral, and there's florality for sure. To that, though, add a dose of brawn. Think of it as Fleurie with teeth.

The 2014 vintage in Beaujolais produced a gorgeous group of wines. They're vibrant, but they're also packed with concentration and structure. We haven't seen this combination in such balanced proportions in a long time.

The 2014 Grand'Cour VV is one of the most structured and generally impressive 2014s we've tasted. It presents Grand'Cour's typical notes with amazing clarity and lift. There are scents of spice, roses and earth that are complicated by dark berry fruits.

When I was in Beaujolais five years ago, Dutraive's name came up again and again from the region's top producers. We introduced the wines to the U.S. with the 2009 vintage. Since then, we've watched them go from strength to strength. In 2014, Dutraive hit a whole other level. Don't miss.

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Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Dutraive Fleurie Grand'Cour VV