Not To Be Slept On
Fleurie With Teeth: 2015 Dutraive Fleurie Grand'Cour VV

Posted by Joe Salamone

Jean-Louis Dutraive has firmly established himself as one of the top talents in Beaujolais.

Six years ago, the wines were unheard of in the U.S. Now, buyers across the city are fighting for their allocation.

Dutraive's wines entered a crowded Beaujolais market. The 2005 and 2009 vintages brought a flood of new producers. Still, Dutraive's wines jumped out. The wines are that good - there's a purity of expression and individuality that immediately captures your attention.

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.

The 2015 Grand'Cour VV is one of the best 2015s that we've tasted. There's an incredible amount of excitement over the 2015 vintage. The wines are intense and powerful, both riper than the 2014s and fresher than the 2009s. Dutraive judged the vintage perfectly and picked on the early side, providing a beautiful element of levity to the wine.

Generally speaking, Fleurie is known for being among the most feminine of Beaujolais' Crus. Dutraive's Grand'Cour is different, especially the VV. This is Fleurie by way of Gevrey, Fleurie with plenty of muscle. Grand'Cour stretches what you expect from Fleurie. The typical profile is scents of spice, roses and earth that are complicated by dark berry fruits. In 2015, the presentation is forceful and deep.

In past vintages, Dutraive offers have gotten a primetime slot. This time around his reputation has grown too much and quantities have shrunk too much for anything besides a Saturday slot in August. This is a don't miss 2015 Beaujolais, and one that you shouldn't sleep on. It won't stay around for long.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2015 Dutraive Fleurie VV Grand Cour