92 pts Neal Martin
60 yr old vines
Clepsudre is French for water clock (pronounced Cleps-Cedar), a note from Anne to explain that this wine takes time and patience to show its aromatics and complexity. High density plantings (10,000 per hct) from 60 year old vines in the lieu dit Les Labourons. After 3 weeks maceration the wines are femented through pigeage then aged on lees for 15 months in seasoned Barrique between 4 and 7 years old.
The 2014 Fleurie Clepsydre was cropped at 20 hectoliter per hectare due to poor flowering on the 60- to 80-year-old vines. It has a slightly richer and more opulent nose than the Alchemiste without losing any of its precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy, ripe tannin, well-judged acidity and a gentle grip upon the structured finish. This has great potential: a very natural and refined Fleurie courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dubois. – 92 pts Neal Martin