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Clos de la Roilette Cuvee Tardive Fleurie Beaujolais 2020

Clos de la Roilette Cuvee Tardive Fleurie Beaujolais 2020

93+ pts Wine Advocate
Richer and more structured than the regular bottling, Coudert's 2020 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive delivers notes of cherries, mulberries, licorice and spices complemented by pretty hints of peony. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated, it's layered and seamless, with a deep core of fruit and rich, powdery tannins. Despite its broad shoulders, it remains energetic. (8/21)

In the 1920’s, 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. To this day Clos de la Roilette is not perceived as just Fleurie but a grade above.

The owners, the Coudert family, 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.

Despite what the name says, the Tardive cuvée from Coudert is a not a late harvest wine but rather a parcel of old vines. The Tardive is remarkable: many consider it one of the most profound and age worthy wines of Beaujolais.

The Cuvee Tardive is rich with a deep blackcurrant color and a hint of purple, a restrained nose of crème de cassis and a full mouth feel with notes of cassis and black cherries with a finish that displays a zesty acidity. This is a wine that will age gracefully and take on the aromatic character of a Pinot Noir.

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