2015 Domaine du Clos du Fief Michel et Sylvain Tete Saint Amour les Capitans

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2015 Domaine du Clos du Fief Michel et Sylvain Tete Saint Amour les Capitans

Floral and fruity, aromas of strawberry, peach, violet and spicy cinnamon.

Critical Acclaim

RP 90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2015 Saint Amour les Capitans offers bold blueberry and blackcurrant pastille aromas, quite vivacious as Saint-Amour ought to be. The palate is ripe and raisiny on the entry, armed with fine, gently grippy tannin and a dash of white pepper that perks up the finish. This is a delicious, quintessential Saint-Amour.

Domaine du Clos du Fief is run by Michel Tete, with his son Sylvain working alongside. This is a rare 4th generation Cru estate in Julienas and Julie, based at the far Northwest sector of Beaujolais. The history of these great villages dates back more than 2,000 years and trace their names to Julius Caesar. Vines were grown on the high altitude hillsides of Julienas and Jullie (a granite rich Beaujolais-Villages Cru that mimics its more famous neighbor) in the Gallo-Roman period.

Michel took over this history-rich land after studying in Beaune, where he learned many techniques that he now uses on his own wines to great acclaim. Michel harkens his wines back to the classics: low yields, meticulously farmed vineyards, and classic winemaking resulting in serious and mouthwatering examples of terroir driven reds.

Gamay. Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.