The south-facing vineyards of the Estate tumble down the hillside to the road leading out of Fleurie. Two winemakers undertake caring for the 12 hectare (29.7 acre) property, where most of the vineyards surrounding the house are more than 50 years old and trellised in the traditional Gobelet style. They are planted mostly in the pink granite soil that is the hallmark of the Fleurie Cru. The average harvest is 425 barrels, which is conducted manually, in whole bunches. Semi-carbonic maceration and malolactic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine sees no oak.
The vineyards and winery have been owned by the Darroze family since the mid-1950s, when it was bought by the father of the current owner. The Dubouef family has had an exclusive agreement with them for many years.
This wine is best accompanied with dishes such as tarragon chicken, oven-roasted salmon, roast lamb or beef, spicy dishes and aged cheeses.
PRODUCER: Georges Duboeuf
REGION: A.O.C. Fleurie
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.40 g/l
2017: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Dec 2018
2017: 90 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Apr 2019
2016: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2018
2016: 92 Pts - Vinous, Mar 2018
2016: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2017
2015: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2017
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2017
2014: 90 Pts - Vinous, Aug. 2016
2014: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #219, June 2015
2010: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Apr 2012
2008: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2009
2005: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #165, June 2006
2005: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Oct 2006
2002: 90-92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2003