Fleurie has always struck me as quite a happy wine. It’s not complicated, it’s not expensive and it’s easy to drink. Georges Duboeuf seems to understand this and offers a wine with a floral label that’s as attractive, colourful and cheerful as the wine itself.
The Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Flower Label 2005 is a rich, deep purple colour, almost opaque it’s so dark and full, but the nose is bright, fruity and almost as floral as the label. There’s roses and violets, but also cherries and redcurrants. The happy farmers market continues in the mouth, with the roses blending with strawberries, raspberries and a little bit of zippy spiciness on the finish. 13% alcohol balances the wine nicely.
My local Majestic told me they simply couldn’t get enough in stock this summer. It’s turned out to be a surprise hit as the default choice for serving at gay weddings which became legal in the UK this year. It’s gaining popularity at more traditional weddings too.
I opt for a bottle when I’m in need of a little springtime exuberance in my life. At around £8 – 9 a bottle it’s cheaper than going shoe shopping.