Hoppenot Fleurie Origines 2020

Sensuous and Perfumed Beaujolais: 2020 Gregoire Hoppenot Fleurie Origines

Sarah, Martha, and I had a bottle of this after work last week, and we can't stop talking about it.  Holy smokes folks, this is the kind of wine that really gets my wheels turning. Gregoire Hoppenot is new to the US, but he's already gaining a ton of attention. Named La Revue du Vin France's Discovery of the Year in 2021, I've got some sage advice for you all -- get his wines before they soar in price and become scarce.

Hoppenot's winery is located right across the road from Clos de la Roilette, another favorite of mine. His 'Origines' Fleurie is a blend of grapes from top sites, and it is a wine that blends the silkiness of a Red Burgundy with the savoriness of a Northern Rhone Syrah. One of the best sub-$40 red wines I've enjoyed this year, I've got a little bit to offer you all.

Hoppenot Fleurie Origines

2020 Gregoire Hoppenot Fleure 'Origines' 

93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 

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After stints at Jaboulet, Chapoutier, and Chermette, the young Gregoire Hoppenot decided to spread his wings. The rest is pretty much history. Since his debut releases (2018 vintage), his wines have been the talk of the town. Greg is a man on a mission, and his mission is to "make clean wines from organic grapes without any adulteration," as he said to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. 

Yes, this is natural wine, but as the Wine Advocate said, "Hoppenot is a trained enologist who worked for a large négociant house and for Chapoutier, so even though he's making wine with low levels of sulfur, he understands how to produce pure, stable wines." I have had a number of bottles of this wine over the past 6 months, and every single one of them has been delightful. No bottle variation, no flaws, no bacterial issues, just 100% pure drinking pleasure.

Drinking a bottle of this is both joy-inducing, but it's also educational :) The lesson here is texture and incredibly fine texture at that. Whatever Greg is doing in the vineyard and the cellar all comes together to create a wine that is both supple and flavor-packed. William Kelley of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate summed it up perfectly when he described it as "medium to full-bodied, sensuous and perfumed, lively and succulent, with melting tannins and bright acids."

This is the kind of mouthfeel and texture people pay big bucks for, myself included. This honestly scratches that "Red Burgundy itch" without costing you $100's of dollars, and this is no simple Beaujolais. Not even close, this is quite full in flavor and possesses serious depth of flavor. Ripe notes of raspberry and cherry meld with more savory notes of rose petal, exotic spice, and mineral in this lively and layered Cru Beaujolais.

Drinking great now, this will continue to deliver the goods through 2028, maybe longer. Enjoy with grilled salmon, roasted chicken, or a big spread of bread, pate, cheeses, and cured meats like they do in Beaujolais. Cheers and keep drinking the good stuff folks! 

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville