Knockout Fleurie: 2017 Julien Sunier Fleurie

Posted by Joe Salamone

Julien Sunier has firmly established himself as one of Beaujolais' top young winemakers.

Vintage after vintage, Sunier's Fleurie is the star of the line-up.

Sunier's Fleurie comes from an intensely steep parcel of old vines called Niagara that he rents from Yvon Métras' brother.

The vineyard has a very, very thin layer of topsoil over Fleurie's pink granite. In Sunier's hands, this site has Fleurie's famous delicacy with an amazingly energetic core.

The 2017 is an especially compelling example of Sunier's Fleurie. The vintage was less extreme than 2015 and 2009, but the vintage is a relatively ripe one. Thinking of it as a cross between 2014 and 2015 is helpful.

In the riper 2017 vintage, Sunier's Fleurie is brilliant. It's beautifully suave with a stern acid and mineral backbone. We love that the wine has such a seductive mouthfeel along with a high-toned and incisive character. It's really complex in its layers of herbs, earth, stony minerals and wide spectrum of bright red fruits.

Getting a leg up in the wine world can happen in odd ways. For Julien Sunier, it started with someone whose hair his mother cut. That someone was none other than Christophe Roumier. Sunier ended up working with Roumier, went on to spend time in the new world and finally landed in Beaujolais where he gained a deep knowledge of the region while working for a negociant before striking out on his own. Today, you’ll find old Roumier barrels in Sunier's cellar.

Every year, we taste the current vintage of Sunier's Fleurie and it immediately becomes one of our favorite bottles of Beaujolais in the store. We created special 6-pack pricing because you'll want to have lots of this on hand.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits