The Beautiful 2014s from Alain Coudert at Clos de la Roilette!

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Since taking over the estate from his father Fernand in 1991, Alain Coudert has become one of the most consistent and respected producers in Beaujolais. Alain was a reluctant vigneron, returning to aid the family after his brother had a serous accident in 1979. During our early visits to the estate, the modest Alain would defer to his father who would hold court at the long bar as old bottles were brought up from the cellar. Located near the border with Moulin-a-Vent and having a large percentage of clay with manganese in the soil, the wines here are quite structured for a Fleurie and even poor vintages will show well with ten years of age. "Vinification is the traditional, semi-carbonic Beaujolais style," says Alain. "We do a submerged cap, we do temperature control and we use native yeasts. The idea is obviously to best express our terroir...the result is a more structured wine, somewhere between a "typical" Fleurie and a Moulin-a-Vent. Cuvée Tardive is made from 80 year-old vines and can seriously age - in a way it's to prove that Gamay is a grape that can achieve more than youthful drinkability."

2014 is proving to be an excellent vintage in Beaujolais as sunny weather arrived in late August and early September, saving a poor summer that had caused dismay and distress among vignerons. While the wines may not have quite the structure of 2010 nor the weight and alcohol of 2009, there is bright acidity, lovely balance and beautiful fruit. Tasted in early February and again this week, it's clear that Alain has once again produced gorgeous wines that will be a joy to drink over the next ten to fifteen years. The Cuvée Tardive is particularly delicious and belongs in the cellar of every lover of Beaujolais. Also offered today is the 2013 Griffe du Marquis which has benefitted from its extra time in small barrel, bringing structure and complexity to the very ripe material. "The name comes from my parents surname in the village, which was Marquis," says Alain, "It's definitely not from past lineage, so don't think we're royalists!"  Royalist or not Alain Coudert is producing regal wines at the Clos de la Roilette which should not be missed in this lovely vintage for Beaujolais.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2014 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

Alain Coudert seems to make terrific wine every year and the 2014 Clos de la Roilette is no exception. A parade of awful weather early in the year finally gave way to sunshine from mid-August through September, imparting lovely ripeness to the wines balanced by good acidity. Not as structured as the 2010s perhaps or as dense as the 2009s, but the 2014s offer juicy, delicious drinking now with moderate ability to age. This lovely wine shows deep black cherry, blackberry, red currant and violet aromas with earth, citrus and spice. The palate is round with soft tannins but nice acidity, with velvety berry liqueur, beach plum, spice and licorice. Delicious! Drink now or hold for eight to ten years...

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2014 Fleurie Cuvee Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. 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. In the cavalcade of great Cuvee Tardives, the 2014 weighs in at 13% and shows a more weight and flesh than the racy and wonderful 2012, and a bit less structure than the 2010 (our favorite of recent vintages) and is brighter and more balanced than the monumental 2009. In other words, it's a fabulous wine that should be in the cellar of any lover of Beaujolais! The wine is a deep red/black color and shows fresh, high-toned aromas of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, violets, brown spice, licorice and grilled meats - really quite lovely. The palate is framed in stone and mineral flavors with firm acidity, with earthy dark fruits and an almost bitter finish of saline minerals and black fruits. This is a superb Tardive, very expressive of the manganese-rich soils and a lovely combination of beautiful floral/fruit aromas and a dark mineral-laden palate. Wait five to seven years, drink until 2030?

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2013 Fleurie Griffe du Marquis

Aged in two to six year-old Burgundy barrels. From eighty-plus year-old vines, as is Tardive. "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. The 2013 shows floral raspberry and blackberry fruit framed in oak, quite elegant. The palate is dense with high-toned red and black fruits, licorice and spice, now a bit tight due to the time in barrique. This should be a great Fleurie when mature but will need time, peak drinking perhaps 2022 to 2030.

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