Fleurie Clos de la Roilette
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Region: Fleurie, Beaujolais, France
Grape varieties: 100% Gamay
This Fleurie from Clos de la Roilette is a fantastic Gamay from a top producer. From 40-year-old vines and made in a semi-carbonic fashion.
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About Fleurie Clos de la Roilette
This Fleurie is a fantastic Gamay from a top producer. From 40-year-old vines and made in a semi-carbonic fashion.
About Clos de la Roilette
“Alain Coudert’s Clos de la Roilette is a longtime favorite Fleurie producer whose wines should not be overshadowed by newer, more faddish names.” -Eric Asimov, The New York Times, April 2016
Considered one of the finest producers in Beaujolais, Clos de la Roilette has 9 hectares in Fleurie, with one of the top slopes in all of the ten Beaujolais crus. The Clos has an eastern exposure, borders the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, and yields remarkably age-worthy Gamay. In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which the estate had previously been classified. He created a label using a photograph of his racehorse Roilette and used the name Clos de la Roilette, without mentioning Fleurie. By the mid-1960s, the owner’s heirs had lost interest in Roilette, and a large portion of the land had been allowed to go untended and wild. In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought this poorly maintained estate and replanted the vineyards. His son Alain joined him in 1984 and has been the winemaker since. The Couderts feel that their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese) and the age of their vines (30 to 80 years old) account for the richness and intensity of their wines. They are deeply colored, richly perfumed, and seriously structured wines of relatively small production.