Contrary to its flowery name, Fleurie can produce firm and tannic wines, and this selection is a case in point. It is a solid and chunky effort that is laden with tannin and bitter cherry flavor. The tight acidity needs time to settle down, so give it a couple of years.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.