Fleurie Clos de la Roilette 2017
92+ points, “The youthful 2017 Fleurie wafts from the glass with aromas of red cherries, raspberries and potpourri.” – Wine Advocate
Full-bodied, deeply concentrated and extremely tangy; this wine is going to run and run. It's testament to just how good a wine a truly great producer can create, even in the most challenging of vintages. Drink it now with roast pork or keep it for many years. Either way, this Fleurie is a win-win.
Clos de la Roilette sits on the Fleurie side of the border with Moulin-à-Vent. In 1920, when the new boundary was drawn up, this winery found itself on what the owner considered the wrong side. In a rage, he refused to sell his wines in France (sending it all to Germany, Switzerland and the UK), or mention Fleurie on his label. Instead he put a picture of his favourite racehorse “Roilette” on the front and renamed it Clos de la Roilette. Despite the fabulous terroir - the soils are rich in clay and manganese giving rich and intense wines – the original owner’s family lost interest in the winery and it fell into disrepair. Fortunately, it was bought in the 1960s by the Coudert family and has been passed from Fernand to Alain.
The old vines are sustainably farmed, the wines are semi-carbonic fermented using native yeasts and they age wonderfully. Clos de la Roilette now sets the benchmark for Fleurie and is undoubtedly one of Beaujolais’ all-time greats. As the New York Times put it, “Alain Coudert’s Clos de la Roilette is a longtime favourite Fleurie producer whose wines should not be overshadowed by newer, more faddish names.” In short, this is an absolute classic.
£2.93 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2964207
Style No.: 727512
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