Julien’s Fleurie is always higher toned and implosive relative to the sappier and denser Morgon. It sounds as though this should bring extra sappy 2015 depth to that same high toned airy personality i’ve come to expect. In my experience, it is a toss up of personal preference whether tasters prefer the airier and more mineral qualities of the Fleurie vs the succulence and depth of the Morgon…..both are beauuutiful.
“The 2015 Fleurie from Julien Sunier is notably light in color for the vintage, with a classic ruby red color, rather than the purple tones that are so typical in 2015. The wine is 13.5 percent octane and offers up a bright and vibrant bouquet of cherries, pomegranate, a touch of nutskin, beautiful soil tones, hints of mustard seed and thyme and a very discreet bass note of oak spice. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and more emblematic of the vintage than the nose suggests, with a plush core of fruit, a good dollop of soil, a touch of backend tannin and a long, focused and complex finish. This is a very successful 2015 that stays admirably light on its feet. 2016-2025. 92.” John Gilman