Tasting with Alain in his timeless cellar he explained that for him 2019 is a more classic and gentle vintage - after the 'relatively' burly 2018. And with this great opener - you can see what he means! Fleurie Cuvée Christie - is named after Alain's two children 'Christine and Alexei' and was originally labelled "Cuvée Crystal", until he received a 'cease-and-desist' letter from a well-known Champagne house... This is a complete joy. Its open and easy with a charm that keeps you going back for more. Deep red fruit and just a touch of herb and spice. A classic, totally moreish Beaujolais from this maestro. L&S (Jul 2020)
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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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