Jean Tête’s family has been producing wine in “Les Dépôts” since the beginning of the 19th century, a few kilometres from Beaujeu, the historical capital of Beaujolais. Tête’s Fleurie “La Bonne Dame” is the top wine that he produces.
Most of the grapes are sourced from the “La Madone” sector of the Fleurie appellation, with a perfect southern exposure ensuring maximum fruit ripeness and consistency of wine quality. The “Bonne Dame” is plummy and rounded, and a classic expression of Gamay.
Vinified partly by carbonic maceration (the technique of fermenting whole grapes without breaking their skins, therefore arresting the release of tannin) and partly in contact with the skins in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in very large oak foudres, which do not add oaky flavours but soften the wine.
Bright brick red in the glass, with attractive ruby highlights. The nose is forward and fruit driven, overflowing with cranberry and raspberry fruits and a touch of green spiciness. The palate is medium bodied, soft and supple, with good acidity supporting vivid forest fruit flavours. The finish is elegant, dry and poised.