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Cedric Lathuiliere Fleurie La Madone

Cedric Lathuiliere Fleurie La Madone

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Domaine Lathuilière Gravallon Fleurie La Madone: A Celebration of Beaujolais Finesse

The Cedric Lathuilière Fleurie La Madone is a captivating expression of Gamay from the esteemed Beaujolais region in Burgundy, France. Crafted by the Lathuilière family, now in its fifth generation, this wine embodies their commitment to meticulous viticulture and a dedication to showcasing the terroir's unique character.

Vineyard and Vinification

Cedric Lathuilière, the current winemaker, adheres to the principles of "lutte raisonnée," a sustainable approach that prioritizes minimal intervention and observation in the vineyard. The grapes for Fleurie La Madone flourish on slopes of pink granite soils, contributing a distinctive minerality to the wine. The steep inclines necessitate most vineyard work to be done by hand, ensuring meticulous attention is paid to each vine.

Following a meticulous harvest and sorting process, the grapes undergo a traditional vinification with minimal intervention. This allows the inherent qualities of the Gamay grape and the terroir to shine through in the final product.

Tasting Profile

The Cedric Lathuilière Fleurie La Madone unfolds in the glass with a beautiful ruby red colour, hinting at its vibrant character. On the nose, a symphony of aromas awaits. Delicate red fruits like raspberries and cherries take centre stage, complemented by hints of violets and a touch of spice. As the wine opens up, subtle earthy notes emerge, reflecting the underlying granite soils.

The palate is where the magic truly unfolds. The wine displays a delightful balance between fruitiness and structure. The initial burst of red fruit flavours is met with a surprising depth and finesse. Supple tannins provide a pleasant framework, while the vibrant acidity keeps the wine lively and refreshing. The minerality, a hallmark of the Fleurie cru, emerges on the mid-palate, adding complexity and a refreshing edge.

Food Pairing Adventures

The Cedric Lathuilière Fleurie La Madone's versatility makes it a true chameleon at the dinner table. Its fruit-forward character and bright acidity make it a perfect match for a wide range of dishes. Here are some delectable pairings to explore:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese:  Embark on a culinary journey through France by pairing this Fleurie with a selection of cured meats like saucisson sec or jambon sec. The wine's acidity cuts through the richness of the charcuterie, while the fruit complements the flavours. Don't forget to include a creamy brie or Comté cheese to further enhance the experience.
  • Poultry:  Chicken dishes are a natural match for Fleurie La Madone.  A roast chicken with rosemary and thyme or a pan-fried duck breast with cherry sauce will be elevated by the wine's fruitiness and acidity.
  • Light Veal Dishes:  The wine's structure can handle the delicate flavours of veal. Consider pairing it with a veal saltimbocca or a veal piccata, where the lemon sauce beautifully complements the wine's citrusy notes.
  • Vegetarian Options:  For vegetarians, explore the world of mushroom dishes. A rich portobello mushroom ragout or a hearty lentil and walnut loaf will find perfect harmony with Fleurie La Madone's earthy notes and bright acidity.

Beyond the Plate: Serving and Storage Tips

To fully appreciate the intricacies of this Fleurie, it's recommended to serve it slightly chilled, between 14-16°C (57-60°F). This temperature range preserves the wine's vibrant fruit character and acidity.

The Cedric Lathuilière Fleurie La Madone is best enjoyed within its first few years of release. While some bottles may develop further complexity with short-term cellaring (2-3 years), the wine is primarily intended to be enjoyed in its youthful exuberance.

A Final Note: A Testament to Beaujolais Finesse

The Cedric Lathuilière Fleurie La Madone stands as a testament to the potential of Beaujolais beyond the realm of simple, fruit-driven wines. This meticulous expression of Gamay showcases the region's ability to produce wines with finesse, complexity, and remarkable food pairing versatility. So, uncork a bottle, embark on a delightful exploration of Beaujolais, and discover the captivating world of Fleurie La Madone.

 

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