2018 Cuvée Tardive Clos de La Roilette
As always more dense and compact, touch smoky, spice and plum flesh, cherry and blackberry fruit. The volume is turned up on the palate, beautiful richness, delivered in a very sleek pure way, rich tannins undoubtedly but acidity gives balance and the finish is rich and long. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 L&S (Jan 2020)
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Youthful purple. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, baking spices and potpourri, with hints of blood orange and savory herbs emerging with aeration. Juicy, densely packed mulberry and boysenberry flavors show excellent clarity and powerful back-end thrust becoming sweeter with air. Shows serious power and sexy, floral lift on the impressively persistent finish, which is supported by slowly building, youthfully gripping tannins. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 95 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(Oct 2019)
Classic red fruit with liquorice and fennel notes, leading to a bitter twang on the finish. Furry tannic texture. The bitterness leaves the finish a little parched. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Aug 2019)
Clos de La Roilette
From a famous little corner of Fleurie, but ironically Fleurie does not dominate their iconic yellow labels, this is because the domaine was created before the Fleurie Appellation existed and still retains the exact same design! In fact up until 1926 the vineyard owners felt they were in Moulin a Vent and were a little disappointed to be put in to the 'new-fangled' Fleurie appellation, The soils here are an unusual mix of manganese and clay, this gives wines with more structure and power than most Fleuries. This wine is named after a favourite racehorse 'La Roilette' owned by a previous owner of the farm in the early 1900s. This is why the unchanged label from the 1920s carries the silhouette of a horse's head. The Couderts own the largest part of this old estate, and pick from old vines at maximum maturity to make fully coloured wines with great juicy richness. They are without doubt one of the finest domaines in the Beaujolais.
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