Celebrate French Women in Wine: Anne-Sophie Dubois #Winophiles

French Winophiles Celebrate Women in Wine
March is Women’s History Month, with March 8 being International Women’s Day, so our French Winophiles are dedicating our March posts to French Women in Wine. Join us this month as we celebrate French Women involved in our favorite beverage. Take a look further down in this post for links to all my fellow French Winophiles articles. I’m highlighting Anne-Sophie Dubois, an organic certified winegrower in Fleurie in the the Beaujolais region.

beaujolais map courtesy of discoverbeaujolais.com
Beaujolais wine region, courtesy of discoverbeaujolais.com Fleurie is the Cru shown in light blue.

Domaine Anne-Sophie Dubois
Anne-Sophie Dubois‘ family comes from the Champagne region, where they farm and provide grapes to their local cooperative. Ann-Sophie loves the Gamay grape, and luckily, land in Beaujolais is still accessible and somewhat affordable. She owns and farms 8 hectares (about 20 acres) of vines in the Les Labourons village in the Fleurie appellation of Beaujolais. She has worked to earn organic certification for her vineyard. Further, she ensures the vineyard soils are never bare, maintaining a cover crop which represents some of the most up-to-date sustainable techniques in viticulture. She only uses grapes she has grown. The grapes are all hand-harvested, manually sorted and whole clusters preserved. In the cellar, vinification proceeds with ambient yeasts and no chemical inputs are used. Wines are aged in old barrels to avoid oak flavors, wines are unfined, unfiltered and only a small amount of sulfur-dioxide is added at bottling.

Anne-Sophie Dubois Fleurie AOC “Les Cocottes”

Anne-Sophie Dubois “Les Cocottes” Fleurie AOC 2020 ($35 at Henry and Son) 12.5% abv
Winemaker’s notes: “A south-western exposure, a soil of pink granite and an altitude of 400m give elegance, minerality and tension. Natural yeasts produce aromatic complexity and concretize all the care we take in the vineyards. Bottling without filtration preserves the integrity of this cuvée. Additional notes: This is Anne-Sophie’s “fun” cuvée, made by 100% carbonic maceration, a fermentation style which emphasizes bright fruity character and minimizes tannins. This wine is intended for immediate enjoyment!
Eye: Pale purple
Nose: Pronounced aromas of apple blossoms, chamomile, raspberries, cranberries, barely ripe strawberries, leather, a sense of old weathered wood
Mouth: Dry, lip-smacking high acidity, low very refined tannins, medium minus body, medium alcohol, pronounced flavors, medium plus finish. The flavors follow the nose with the addition of a bit of fresh blueberries.
Observations: Absolutely delicious, this is a wine to enjoy without too much contemplation. Drinks beautifully either by itself or with food.

Wishing for Spring with Fleurie and Risotto
We’re currently knee-deep in the process of downsizing from our big house and moving into an apartment in downtown Minneapolis. Exciting change but SO much work! Julie suggested I keep the dinner preparations simple, so I made a favorite comfort food at our house – risotto. While stirring the risotto, I seared some scallops and roasted asparagus. Risotto is a dish well worth learning, it’s easy to adjust to either what’s seasonal and fresh or what you might have on hand. Here’s a recent version of my go-to method for risotto. Fleurie is an excellent partner to spring dishes as it tends to be a bit lighter than

Winophiles Celebrate French Women in Wine
Take a look below at all our Winophiles writers’ posts. You’re sure to find an interesting new vigneronne to follow. Then, why not join our chat on Saturday March 19 10-11am CDT on Twitter? Just search for the #Winophiles tag, we’d love to hear what you think.

  • Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm sips Domaine de Marcoux Lirac La Lorentine to Celebrate Women’s History Month.
  • Jeff of Food Wine Click! invites us to Celebrate French Women in Wine: Anne-Sophie Dubois
  • Jane of Always Ravenous talks about Women Behind the Wine: Domaine Weinbach, Catherine Faller.
  • Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog shares Champagne Louise Brison: A Tradition of Women in Charge.
  • Robin of Crushed Grape Chronicles opens Delphine Vesselle and Domaine Jean Vesselle Rosé de Saignée, Brut from Bouzy.
  • Deanna of Wineivore discovers A Mathilde Chapoutier Rose for $4?
  • Linda of My Full Wine Glass finds Château Larrivet Haut-Brion: A place for women in traditional Bordeaux.
  • Nicole of Somm’s Table shares Bringing the Bistro Home with Anne-Cecile Jadaud Côtillon Rouge and Pork Rillettes (#Winophhiles)
  • Susannah of Avvinare introduces Arnelle Cruse, A Look at the Cru Bourgeois.
  • Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares A Medieval French Peasant Dish and French Winemaker Sisters.
  • Terri of Our Good Life writes Here’s to France’s Women in Wine and to Rebecca Rosenberg’s Book Champagne Widow.
  • Gwendolyn of Wine Predator pairs Champalou Fille’s 2020 Vouvray with French Favorites.
  • Follow Anne-Sophie Dubois
    As a younger generation vigneronne, Anne-Sophie answers her emails (!) and has an active instagram account. Follow her:

    Comments
    8 Responses to “Celebrate French Women in Wine: Anne-Sophie Dubois #Winophiles”
    1. robincgc says:

      Fleurie is my favorite region in Beaujolais. Is it the name, the elegance of the wine…? I don’t know, but I do know that the only thing that can make wine from this region better for me is a female winemaker with a story who works sustainably! Now to find her wines!

      • I have a similar affinity for Fleurie. Plus, Anne-Sophie is taking all the steps in the vineyard and cellar that I appreciate. Finally, the wine is super delicious!

    2. Your table just always looks so darn good.

    3. I am also on the Fleurie bandwagon, such a food-friendly wine.
      Love your wine bottle and wine glass photo with the light and shadows!

    4. I feel you on the downsizing. We sold our 2,700 sq ft home in the Bay Area and relocated to 1,000 sq ft “crash pad”. It is a lot of work. We’re planning to sell that place this year and permanently move to Lodi this year. About this wine. It’s sounds wonderful…I’m definitely a fan of lip-smacking high acidity! Great pairing too!

    5. Sounds like such a fun wine and I love that label! We also downsized recently. Definitely not easy!

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