“Graciano has its fans,” says Luis Valentín and this wine could add a few more of them. Built on a foundation of acidity and tannin, it’s peppery and intense with lots of damson and blackberry fruit, perfumed oak and the shuddering grip that’s typical of the variety. – Tim Atkin MW
Aromas of cherries, raspberries and plums mingle with hints of burning embers and potpourri in a deep and complex bouquet that introduces the 2018 Fleurie Clos Vernay. Medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it's layered and succulent, with an ample core of fruit, lively acids and powdery structuring tannins. The inherent charm and suppleness of the vintage lends this considerable appeal out of the gate, but like all the Lafarge-Vial wines, it's really built for a bit of bottle age.