The King of Fleurie: 2013 Metras Fleurie VV

Posted by Joe Salamone

Every year for the past seven vintages, we've devoted a ridiculous amount of energy into hunting down Métras' wines.

It's never easy, but when you taste Métras' wines you understand why we do it.

Métras' wines possess an extra level of complexity and a mysterious dimension of meaty and savory notes that separates them from the pack.

Even in the context of Métras, locating 2013 in any quantity has been brutal.

2013 falls in with vintages like 2007, 2010 and 2012. They are all vintages of Métras that we absolutely love.

2013 was a cooler (and not uncomplicated) vintage. The producers who worked hard and "got it" produced absolutely lovely wines. From Métras in 2013, expect a shivering mix of granite, flowers and vivid, pointed dark fruits. Of course, as always, the 2013 boasts that beautifully suave texture that defines Métras.

For those of you who haven't experienced Métras, the wines are incredibly, uniquely impressive. In terms of younger Beaujolais, say in their first three to five years, Métras has given me more impressive and delicious bottles than anyone else. (Foillard would be second and Roilette demands some patience.)

The backbone of Métras's Fleurie VV is the great climats where he has vines, Grille-Midi and La Madone. Both are beautiful, steep and very sunny sites on sandy, pink granite soils that yield a very classically feminine style of Fleurie. Métras' Fleuries feel like archetypes of the appellation, but at the same time they're elevated to a plane where they have few peers.

His Fleurie VV is sourced from vines ranging from 70-100 years of age. It offers a gorgeously perfumed nose of violets, crushed rock, smoke, and a combination of red and purple fruits.

Métras is one of our most popular and loved Beaujolais producers. Given the quantities available we don't expect this to last.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer

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