Jean-Marc Desprès Fleurie “La Madone” Vieilles Vignes 2005

Jean-Marc Despres Fleurie La Madone 2005

Jean-Marc Desprès’ Domaine de la Madone is situated in the hills surrounding the Chapel of the Madonna, which itself dominates the Fleurie skyline. It is thought that the best wines of Fleurie come from the granite hillside surrounding the chapel and it is on the southwest facing slopes that Jean-Marc Desprès cultivates his vines. Jean-Marc produces three cuvées: “Tradition”, which shows a feminine and floral bouquet with silky smooth fruit and firm structure. The “Vieilles Vignes” is an older-vine cuvée, richer and more ageworthy. Lastly, the “Grille Midi” is another old-vine cuvée which demands more time in the cellar and with age shows some Burgundian characters.

I last tried this wine two years ago, and gone are the grapey and red gummy bear characters that it showed in its youth. A gorgeous nose with musky florals, red fruits, old leather and spice, with a touch of gruyere cheese. With time, it sweetened a little and the aromas deepened, glacé cherries and a touch of strawberries with some rich minerals. The palate showed a core of sweet fruits, raspberries and cherries, with brown earth and dried prosciutto, all encased in minerals and leather. Quite big flavours, lovely tannins and texture, with lots of savouriness and many nuances. Strangely, at times it tasted a bit watery, and as the impression ebbed and flowed I wondered whether it was me or the wine. Leave another year or two, and drink over the medium term.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : Nov09
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $33
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2010-2014+
Source : Cellar

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