Beaujolais 2009 - 2011: Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis 2010 and Cuvée Tardive 2011; Terres Dorées "Premières" 2011; Foillard 2010 and More!

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Some of my fondest memories in wine involve drinking mature Beaujolais with Fernand Coudert and his son Alain at Clos de la Roilette, in their combination bar and cellar.  Following the progress of this fine estate has been a great pleasure over the last 20+ years, especially as Alain has continued, perhaps even improved on, the great work of his father. 2010 was a particularly good vintage here, with the Cuvée Tardive showing seemingly perfect balance and great ability to age. Although this magnificent wine is no longer available, we're happy to report the July arrival of the 2010 Griffe du Marquis (Seal or signature of the Marquis - a nickname for Fernand in the village), made from the same grapes that go into the Tardive, but aged in two to six year-old barriques. "This wine is aged in barrel, and I think it's a very interesting expression of Gamay. The wood is obviously not present to mask the wine, but rather to accompany it, to complement its tannins and create complexity. It's really tight the first two years, but opens up beautifully when you give it some time" says Alain. Also arriving in July is the excellent 2011 Cuvée Tardive, and although it lacks some of the structure and acidity of the 2010, it showed beautifully last winter with gorgeous fruit and good structure for medium-term aging. Really another great wine from Alain Coudert.

Alain's 2011 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie is now in stock and is a great example of this delightful vintage, as is the scrumptious "Cuvée Première" from Domaine Terres Dorées. This blend of the younger vines at Terres Dorées showed fabulously in his cellar - it's supple, round, and perfect for this summer, especially at $13.99! Other new arrivals of note include Damian Coquelet's lovely 2011 Morgon Côte de Py and his step-father Georges Descombes' superb 2010 Morgon Côte de Py Vieilles Vignes. We've listed a few of our favorite Beaujolais from 2009 and 2010, if you've missed any of these great wines - all guaranteed to give great food-friendly pleasure over the next five to ten years - and please note a new lower price on Foillard's sensational 2010 Morgon! (Normal case discounts apply - except to Foillard!)

 

 

 

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2010 Fleurie Griffe du Marquis

Alain Coudert's homage to his father Fernand is a superb Fleurie that will need three to five years in the cellar and should drink beautifully over the next ten to fifteen years or more. This is the same juice as the great 2010 Cuvée Tardive, aged in two to six year-old barriques and recently bottled. Tasted last February, it was quite tight and elegant, but  not "marked" by the oak and should become a profound bottle of Beaujolais. (Arrival MId-July)

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2011 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

It's hard to follow the sensational 2010 cuvèe Tardive, but Alain has certainly made the best of this quite good vintage. The aromas are high-toned and very pretty, showing good acidity. The palate is quite dense with black fruits, licorice, earth and spice. The finish is very long, with ample acidity. More enjoyable now than the 2010, this should really sing within a few years and age well for ten years and more.  Arrival mid-July. (Note: If you don't have any of the 2010, there seem to be some stores that still have inventory.)

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2011 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

Alain Coudert has again in 2011 produced beautiful wines at the Clos de la Roilette. A bit softer and fuller-bodied than the lean 2010, this wine has lovely black and red fruit aromas with hints of earth and spice. The palate is full but structured, certainly lower in acidity that the 2010, but quite long and earthy and promising at least mid-term aging. In other words another delicious wine from Alain, and a great value, that will drink well now and over the next 6 to 8 years. Bravo!

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2010 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

After last year's rather full-bodied Roilette, the 2010 is a return to the grippy and mineral house style.  Coudert's wines have racy acidity that will keep them fresh for years to come, but today there is still plenty of crushed berry fruit and stoniness to enjoy now. JR

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Terres Dorees 2011 Beaujolais Cuvèe Premiere

Last January, during our yearly sprint through the vast cellar at Domaine Terres Dorées, we tasted from three vats of Jean-Paul's "regular" Beaujolais, a wine that has not been in the US recently. One sample was all cherries, the other two showed more blackberry/raspberry but all three had good acidity and beautiful lush fruit — really delicious! A small shipment of the finished product has arrived at CSW — it's a perfect summer red for casual meals and outdoor cooking, and at $13.99, it's a fabulous value!

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Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) 2010 Cote de Brouilly

(From two parcels of old vines, high on the slope with very thin soil, iron-rich stones on granite) The Terres Dorées Cote de Brouilly is from superb terroir and is always one of our favorite Beaujolais. The 2010 has lovely, complex tart fruit on a bright medium-bodied frame with good length. Delicious now, it will improve over the next few years. Drink with grilled chicken this summer!

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Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) 2010 Morgon

(From 40 to 80 year-old vines in "Grand Cras" — poor sandy granite soils, similar to Corcelette but with less moisture) Showing the character of the 2010 vintage, this is a lean, muscular wine with no fat and obviously built to last. Aromas of cherry and red currant liqueur continue on the palate which is medium-bodied with very firm acidity. There is intense material in the lean frame and very good length — decant well in advance if drinking now, preferably wait three to five years. This should be very interesting in 2020.

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Descombes, Georges 2010 Morgon Cote de Py Vieilles Vignes

Deep aromas of blackberry and strawberry confit with herbal and citrus notes continue on the deep but bright palate, which is complex and very long, finishing with fruit liqueur and good acidity. This is certainly one of the top wines of the vintage and will benefit from mid-term aging. (Last of stock — don't miss this beautiful wine...)

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Descombes, G 2009 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Although some of our favorite Beaujolais were a bit heavy-handed in 2009, this beautiful wine weighs in at 13 % alcohol and is framed in juicy acidity that carries the lush fruit. Deep aromas of blackberry and strawberry confit with herbal and citrus notes continue on the deep but bright palate, which is complex and very long, finishing with fruit liqueur and good acidity. This is certainly one of the top wines of the vintage and will benefit from mid-term aging.

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Descombes, Georges 2010 Regnie

We always love the regular cuvees of Regnie and Morgon from Georges Descombes. The 2010 Regnie is definitely more austere than the more forward 2009, with subtle aromas and more acidity on the palate. Much improved on day two, it was a great accompaniment to roast chicken, with earthy red fruits and food-friendly acidity — another lovely Beaujolais from Georges Descombes.

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Coquelet 2012 Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes

The young Damien Coquelet, under the guidance of this step-father Georges Descombes, is making some of the prettiest wines in the Beaujolais. Organic farming, wild yeasts and minimal sulfur. This wine is from old vines formerly part of the Domaine Savoye-Descombes. Very pretty deep cherry and strawberry fruit, fairly forward and with good length. This should drink beautifully over the next 3 or 4 years.

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Chamonard 2009 Morgon Clos de Lys

From four hectares of massale-selecton, high density plantings ranging from 50 to 100 years of age in the lieu-dits of Chenes, Corcelette, and les Martillets. vigneron Jean-Claude Chanudet works the vineyards organically but does not seek certification, there is no added yeast or sugar. The 2009 Clos de Lys shows complex aromas of red and black fruits with hints of licorice and graphite. The palate is balanced with good acidity for a 2009, the fruit is succulent and pure, and while it's hard to imagine not drinking this wine now, it seems to promise a long and uniquely Morgon evolution. Fans of Lapierre or Foillard should definitely try the wines from Chamonard, which are certainly among the finest of the Chauvet-style Beaujolais, and please watch for the 2010 arriving in July.

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Chignard 2010 Fleurie Les Moriers

This is showing a bit tight at the moment with tense, tangy red fruits, great acidity, and underlying minerality. Aromatically very complex and elegant. I find this to be perfectly ripe, but it needs time. Hold. cb

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Foillard 2010 Morgon Côte du Py

2010 is a lovely vintage for Foillard's Morgon Cote de Py. Complex, lovely red fruit aromas, medium-bodied, well structured and very long. Peak drinking perhaps 3 to 8 years away.

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Dutraive 2010 Fleurie Clos de la Grand Cour

The 2010 Clos de la Grand'Cour from Jean-Louis Dutraive is a delicious Fleurie that is showing beautifully now and should keep nicely for three to five years. Certified organic since 2009, the domaine has 9 hectares in Fleurie in the lieu-dits Grand'Cour, Champagne and Chapelle des Bois. Whole cluster carbonic maceration, followed by pressing (foulage a pied) and fermentation with wild yeasts, without addition of sulfur. Aged in one-third each cuve inox, old foudres and old barriques, bottled un-filtered with minimal SO2. The Grand'Cour has lovely aromas of cherry and strawberry with violette and rose-hip, the palate has complex high-toned red fruits with blood orange and floral hints. There is terrific balance and lift with refreshing acidity - this is a really delicious and balanced wine that will be fantastic with grilled foods this summer and should soften nicely over the next few years.

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Bouland, Daniel 2010 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes

From vines at least 50-plus years-old in the "lighter" Morgon lieu-dit of Corcelette. Although the aromas are somewhat forward, Bouland apparently insists that his wines are built to last. "...scents of violet, wisteria, fresh cherry, red-currant and smoked meat. Sweetly ripe yet vivacious fruit informs a silken-textured palate, while smokiness and salinity lend invigoration to a purely-persistent, downright vibrant finish" says David Schildknecht!

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