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A Paragon of Beaujolais Delivers a Pair of Fantastic 2018s - 11/07/2019 - Beaujolais

Alain Coudert of Clos de la Roilette is a champion of Beaujolais. His bottlings, which are sourced from one of the most coveted sites in the region, consistently earn high ratings from the critics and regarded as benchmarks for Fleurie. The 2018 vintage was nothing short of stellar with Coudert crafting some of his best wines ever. The Fleurie and Cuvée Tardive featured here are bold, muscular efforts that will charm in their youth, but also have the potential to age for fifteen years or more. Earning 95 and 94 point scores, they are on par with some of the most celebrated bottlings from the Côte-d'Or, but unlike their neighbors to the north, the wines of Clos de la Roilette can be had for a song. It is not a stretch to say they are among the most affordable to be had in terms of collectible Beaujolais. For those who enjoy reds of perfect poise and delineation, this pair will most certainly hit the mark. Based on the strong press and their very approachable price, we expect this pair to sell out in a flash.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 94 $19.99 View
2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie "Cuvée Tardive" 95 $24.99 View


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2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie ($19.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Fleurie from the Clos de la Roilette is showing very well, revealing an inviting bouquet of ripe cherries and cassis mingled with spices, violets and peonies. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, enveloping and layered, with fine-grained structuring tannins, ripe acids and a fleshy core of fruit. Gourmand and expressive, Coudert says the 2018 reminds him of his 2011, an analogy with which I concur.The Coudert family acquired Fleurie's famous Clos de la Roilettewhich neighbors Moulin-à-Vent and formerly traded under that namein 1967, and Alain has been at the helm since 1991. The soils here are rich in clay and Manganese, and that, combined with a classical approach to maceration, results in muscular, structured wines that age very well. Vinfied largely with whole clusters and the traditional submerged cap, these are typically deeply colored wines with plenty of fruit and tannin. In 2016 and 2017, Coudert made the best of a challenging situation after hail ravaged his vineyards, and he's back in a vengeance with a terrific 2018 vintage.(WK)" (08/2019)

93 points Vinous: "Shimmering violet. Highly perfumed dark berry and floral aromas are complemented by suggestions of exotic spices and minerals. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that are given spine by a core of juicy acidity. In a seamless, energetic style, displaying a suave blend of richness and finesse and finishing gently sweet and impressively long, with well-knit tannins and lingering florality.(JR)" (10/2019)

K&L Notes: In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which he had previously been classified. He created a label, using a photograph of his horse Roilette, and used the name Clos de la Roilette, without mentioning Fleurie. The current label does mention the name of the appellation, but only as a subscript. Coudert's Fleurie, often better known as "that delicious wine with the Horse on the label," comes from the Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie. The vineyard has an eastern exposure that borders the Moulin-à-Vent and is situated on one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. Father-son winemaking team, Fernand and Alain Coudert, say their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese), and the age of their vines account for the richness of their Fleurie.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2019

Very floral and fresh on the nose with dried herbs and subtle spice notes. The palate is flush with red berry fruit, licorice, spice and pepper notes. Incredibly approachable and delicious this is a ready to drink, lovely Fleurie and would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal.

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2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie "Cuvée Tardive" ($24.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coudert's brilliant 2018 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive offers up a deep and incipiently complex bouquet featuring raspberries, mulberries, rose petals, violets and cracked black pepper. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and layered, with an abundance of rich and powdery structuring tannins, ripe but lively acids and a long, lingering finish. While this is built for the long haulits name alluding to the aging potential of this old-vine cuvée, not to a later harvestits enveloping profile and perfectly mature phenolics will make it unusually approachable in its youth. (WK)" (08/2019)

95 points Vinous: "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. (JR)" (10/2019)

K&L Notes: In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which he had previously been classified. He created a label, using a photograph of his horse Roilette, and used the name Clos de la Roilette, without mentioning Fleurie. The current label does mention the name of the appellation, but only as a subscript. Coudert's Fleurie, often better known as "that delicious wine with the Horse on the label," comes from the Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie. The vineyard has an eastern exposure that borders the Moulin-à-Vent and is situated on one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. Father-son winemaking team, Fernand and Alain Coudert, say their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese), and the age of their vines account for the richness of their Fleurie.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2019

For the very first sniff of the glass you know this is something special! Crushed geranium, Asian spice, licorice and macerated cherry aromas spring from the glass. The palate is rich and velvety with floral and spice notes as well as intense berry fruit. This complex and powerful red is a fantastic wine and is a great example of what height Beaujolais can reach.