2012 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie from Alain Coudert!

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It's been 21 or 22 years since we first tasted with Fernand and Alain Coudert at the Clos de la Roilette. Alain may have just taken over from his father but Fernand was very much in charge at the bar. Great stories and back vintages flowed - it was a first-rate lesson in the ageability of Beaujolais - a lesson that continues with every visit to this superb estate. The quiet and affable Alain makes some of the finest wines in the Beaujolais, principally from vines near the cellar, close to Moulin-a-Vent. The soils here have more clay and manganese than is typical in Fleurie. These well-structured wines can age beautifully for ten to fifteen years or more, depending on the vintage, especially the Cuvée Tardive, from eighty-plus year-old vines. ("Tardive" implies that one should drink the wine later, not that it is a late-harvest wine.)  "We work the the soils manually about twice a year," says Alain,"but only superficially because I honestly think we'd rip the vines right out of the ground otherwise (especially the really old parcels). The idea of passing a tractor through the 80 year old vines that make the Cuvée Tardive, it's just impossible! Vinification is the traditional, semi-carbonic Beaujolais style. We do a submerged cap; we do temperature control and we use native yeasts. The idea is obviously to best express our terroir, because in Roilette, our soils are 25% clay (as opposed to the rest of the A.O.C which is all granite). This clay is only found in a 50 hectare radius, and the result is a more structured wine, somewhere between a "typical" Fleurie and a Moulin a Vent."

2012 in the Beaujolais, as in most of northern France, was quite difficult, with bad weather during the flowering and a great deal of mildew and oidium, resulting in yields that were down by 50 to 75%. Good weather in August and September brought ripe grapes with good acidity - really excellent quality, but unfortunately for the vignerons, tiny quantities of wine were produced. The Cuvée Tardive is in very short supply this year, especially in the 750ml bottles, as Alain bottled a large quantity of magnums and double-mags in this excellent vintage. Fortunately, the regular cuvée is oustanding in 2012 as well, and the more typical Fleurie, Cuvée Cristal, from younger vines on granite, is delicious for enjoyment over the next couple of years.

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2012 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 5 to 7 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. Deep aromas of meaty blackberry and strawberry confit, violets and mint. Intense palate of berry liqueur, plum, stone and earth with fabulous length and firm, even slightly bitter acids. Earthy fruit coats the palate in the finish — ripe but balanced at 13% alcohol. This will be a great mature wine, perhaps best between 2020 — 2025. We're opening this up for case sales, so don't delay as there is no additional inventory in France.

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2012 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

2012 is an outstanding vintage for Alain Coudert's Clos de la Roilette displaying the lovely fruit and firm acidity that characterizes this difficult year of very low yields. Beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry and tart plum with hints of citrus and violets. Deep citrusy red fruits coat the palate backed by bright acidity and saline mineral notes. A really lovely and well-balanced wine that's delicious now but will improve with a few years of cellaring.

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Coudert 2012 Fleurie Cuvèe Christal

Alain Coudert talks about the Cuvée Christal: "Christal is the exact opposite of Tardive! It comes from two granite parcels and the vines are much younger (25-30 years). The grapes produce something fruitier, so it's very easy to knock back on a hot summer day or for an apéritif." The Christal is particularly lovely in 2012, with very pretty, ripe, round fruit on the palate balanced with brisk acidity. Drink happily over the next couple of years...

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