In 1967, Fernand Coudert set about restoring Fleurie’s neglected Clos de la Roilette estate. Now, his son Alain is showcasing just how complex and profound its Cru Beaujolais can be.
Becoming winemaker in 1984, Alain believes the secret to the domaine is its 9ha of well-sited Gamay plots on clay-manganese soils. Vinified with traditional whole-bunch fermentation and native yeasts, his wines are aged in large, old oak barrels for 9 months before release.
Named for its significant ageing potential, ‘Cuvée Tardive’ comes from two parcels of 80+-year-old vines on Fleurie’s border with Moulin-à-Vent. Mineral and smoky, it offers powerful kirsch and raspberry flavours with detailed floral notes. With time, it combines the gamey characteristics of Pinot Noir with the freshness of top Gamay.
Despite Beaujolais’ difficult growing conditions in 2017, Alain delivered a tiny amount of top-quality wine against the odds. Snapped up on release by Clos de la Roilette’s loyal following, this critically acclaimed, long-haul vintage of ‘Cuvée Tardive’ has long since disappeared from the market – until now.
Clos de le Roilette Fleurie ‘Cuvée Tardive’ 2017 (£39) Sold out
Rich and structured with a core of dark, supple fruit and a smoky minerality.
Long, brooding, and fresh. Drink to 2032+.
93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
93+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate
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