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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Fleurie, one of the ten beaujolais crus, and surely the appellation with the prettiest name in France, comprised 822 ha/2,030 acres of vines in 2012. It has a particularly efficacious co-operative, and produces wines which, it is easy to believe, have a particularly floral perfume. Partly because of its name perhaps, Fleurie is one of the most expensive Beaujolais. Soils vary from sandy in the south west where the lightest wines are grown, to clay towards moulin-à-vent in the west where wines can be quite meaty and full bodied.