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2012 Yvon Metras, Fleurie 1.5L

Vinous

92

CellarTracker

90
Regular price $300
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2012 Yvon Metras, Fleurie 1.5L

Vinous

92

CellarTracker

90
Regular price $300
/

The Fleurie comes from the two oldest vineyard plots, and mixes his hallmark unctuous quality with s brightness - there is some carbonic maceration to his wines, elevating the aromatics - and a slight spice from Fleurie's trademark pink granite soils.

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Yvon embodies the humble and proud vigneron, a man who would rather tend his vines than host appointments, and sell to close friends than foreign markets.He has long farmed what are sure to be among the oldest vines in the entirety of the region, predominantly centered in Fleurie. Undoubtedly, these are some of the most pure, fresh yet unctuous wines that have ever come from the Beaujolais region. Never sulfured, they are the pinnacle of freshness and drinkability upon release, yet benefit from long cellar aging as well.

Yvon Metras

As with producers like Rayas, Métras doesn't disclose his methods in the cellars; what we do know is that he is the keeper of some of the oldest vines in Beaujolais, with plantings back to the late 19th century partially explaining the unparalleled depth and finesse of his wines. Somehow, even with the mind-blowing concentration of flavor, there is an extra-ordinary lift on the palate, unexplainably so. 

Yvon's first solo vintage, outside of the co-op for whom he had worked, was 1988; he inherited the estate of Romanèche-Thorins and its 5 hectares, and was lucky enough to cross paths with his neighbor, Marcel Lapierre, whose natural winemaking philosophies were learned from the Godfather of Beaujolais, Jules Chauvet, and subsequently fully embraced by Yvon; putting these methods into practice formed the path to creating such legendary wines. 

Meet the Producer

Yvon Metras

Yvon embodies the humble and proud vigneron, a man who would rather tend his vines than host appointments, and sell to close friends than foreign markets.He has long farmed what are sure to be among the oldest vines in the entirety of the region, predominantly centered in Fleurie. Undoubtedly, these are some of the most pure, fresh yet unctuous wines that have ever come from the Beaujolais region. Never sulfured, they are the pinnacle of freshness and drinkability upon release, yet benefit from long cellar aging as well.

As with producers like Rayas, Métras doesn't disclose his methods in the cellars; what we do know is that he is the keeper of some of the oldest vines in Beaujolais, with plantings back to the late 19th century partially explaining the unparalleled depth and finesse of his wines. Somehow, even with the mind-blowing concentration of flavor, there is an extra-ordinary lift on the palate, unexplainably so. 

Yvon's first solo vintage, outside of the co-op for whom he had worked, was 1988; he inherited the estate of Romanèche-Thorins and its 5 hectares, and was lucky enough to cross paths with his neighbor, Marcel Lapierre, whose natural winemaking philosophies were learned from the Godfather of Beaujolais, Jules Chauvet, and subsequently fully embraced by Yvon; putting these methods into practice formed the path to creating such legendary wines. 


Vinous

Vinous

92

Brilliant violet color. Intense, mineral-laced dark berry, violet and licorice aromas show outstanding clarity and hints of white pepper and Indian spices. Sappy, incisive and floral in the mouth, offering nervy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of smokiness. Finishes sappy and very long, leaving a sweet dark berry note behind. Note that this is only wine Metras made in 2012.

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Vinous

Vinous

92

Brilliant violet color. Intense, mineral-laced dark berry, violet and licorice aromas show outstanding clarity and hints of white pepper and Indian spices. Sappy, incisive and floral in the mouth, offering nervy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of smokiness. Finishes sappy and very long, leaving a sweet dark berry note behind. Note that this is only wine Metras made in 2012.