Coudert and Dutraive 2015 Part 2, Featuring les Cuvées Vieilles Vignes!

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No introductions needed for this great lineup of Beaujolais. Just arrived at Chambers Street is the 2015 Alain Coudert Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive! Always one of the finest Beaujolais to cellar, this wine is superb after 5 to 8 years of aging and will drink beautifully until 2030 - or beyond. "When I called it the 'late' cuvée," said Alain, "all I meant was that you should drink it later. 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."

Jean-Louis Dutraive, at the certified organic Domaine de la Grand Cour, has recently produced some of our favorite Fleuries, and his 2015s are big, complex wines that will provide exciting early drinking as well as medium-term aging. We're happy to offer his 2015 Fleurie Domaine de la Grand'Cour Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Le Clos and 2015 Fleurie Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Lieu-dit Champagne. We apologize, but quantities are quite limited on these two wines - we ask for a 3-bottle limit on the "Champagne" VV. (A few magnums of Grand Cour VV are also available as well as a few bottles of the late-harvest  "La Part des Grives." Please inquire.) David Lillie

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2015 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roilette, 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. We're happy to report that  the 2015 Cuvée Tardive, though undoubtedly higher in alcohol than the 2014, is a big, supple, and relatively well-balanced Beaujolais that should age beautifully and is surprisingly delicious now, especially if steak or pork chops are on the menu.  The wine shows a deep red/black color with intense aromas of black raspberry liqueur, dark chocolate, violets and earth - deep but bright and very complex. The palate is dense and focused with blackberry and raspberry liqueur, cocoa, stone and citrus, with fabulous length and grip in the finish. This is showing superb potential for aging, with the higher alcohol of 2015 absorbed by the dense fruit and firm acids. Best perhaps 2020 to 2030, but delicious now as well. Bravo to Alain Coudert!

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2015 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

In 2015 Alain Coudert's Clos de la Roilette is showing its historical roots in Moulin-a-Vent (as it was classified until the 1920s) as the clay soils here produced a big wine with a generous amount of alcohol in this very warm vintage. The color is a deep red/black, with aromas of ripe blackberry and black raspberry liqueur with hints of violet and blood orange backed by graphite and earth. The palate shows very ripe black fruits with earth, mineral, cocoa and leather, lifted by firm acidity in the long dense finish. This will accompany grilled meats, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. Quite delicious now in its youthful intensity, this is a great candidate for cellaring, best probably from 2019 to 2026. Highly recommended. David Lillie

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Coudert 2015 Fleurie Cuvée Christal

Alain Coudert makes this lovely wine from two small parcels on typical Fleurie terroir of sandy soils over decomposed granite, in contast to the heavier clay/manganese soils at the Clos de la Roilette. The 2015 is a bright garnet/red color with vivid aromas of blackberry and ripe strawberry with violet, pepper, earth and citrus. There is deep, ripe berry fruit on the palate with dark chocolate, earth and citrus with surprisingly firm acidity and brightness. This delicious Fleurie shows the richness of the 2015 vintage but remains fresh and lively - drink this beautiful Beaujolais over the next five years, served cool, with just about anything!

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Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2015 Fleurie Le Clos Vieilles Vignes

From low-yielding 60 to 70 year-old vines. Wild-yeast semi-carbonic maceration, without addition of SO2, aged 11 months in 1 to 4 year old barrels. Pretty aromas of raspberry and strawberry liqueur with violet, graphite and brown spice, brightened with citrus and herbal notes. The palate is round and quite ripe and dense with earthy red and black fruits, and supports well the 14.5% alcohol. The finish is supple and long, with adequate structure for 5 to 8 years of  aging. It's quite different from the 2014 vintage but equally enjoyable in its ripe, opulent style and may be quite beautiful with a few years in the cellar. David Lillie

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Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2015 Fleurie "Champagne" VV

From vines averaging 70 years of age in the Dutraives' 1.5 hectare parcel "Champagne." Yields are extremely low, the wine ages in barrels for 12 months, of which one-quarter are new. The wine shows elegant aromas of ripe berry fruit and spice framed in a bit of oak, quite elegant. The palate is dense and well-structured with raspberry and red currant fruit, a bit more high-toned and focused at this point than the other Dutraive Fleuries. The fruit is quite pretty, and the wood, though present, is not overdone and adds support to the power of this vintage. We look forward to drinking this after six to ten years of aging, perhaps alongside the Coudert Griffe du Marquis? David Lillie

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Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2015 Fleurie Clos de la Grand Cour

Certified organic since 2009, the Dutraive family's Domaine de la Grand Cour produces subtle, traditional wines from their 9 hectares in Fleurie and a small parcel in Brouilly. Harvested by hand, the grapes ferment with wild yeasts in carbonic maceration, without addition of sulfur. The "Clos de la Grand Cour" is aged in a combination of cuve inox, barrels and foudres. The 2015 shows penetrating aromas of ripe strawberry and black cherry with pepper, iris, violet and earth. Elegant blackberry, plum-skin, licorice and earth on the palate, very deep and long, framed in firm acidity and quite powerful at 14.5% alcohol. This will be quite delicious now, served with steak, grilled pork, duck and strong cheeses, but should benefit from a few years of aging, best perhaps 2018 to 2022.

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Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2015 Fleurie Chapelle des Bois

Jean-Louis Dutraive makes this delightful Fleurie from a parcel of 20 to 70 year-old vines, the "Chappelle des Bois," in organic agriculture since 2009. It's a "vin de soif" bottled early to preserve freshness and fruit, meant to be drunk nicely chilled. The 2015 shows very pretty aromas of raspberry and strawberry fruit with violet and citrus - really lovely. The palate shows a bit more alcohol and weight than the aromas might indicate, with sappy red fruits with a bit of earth and spice coating the palate backed by firm acidity. Quite serious for a "thirst-quencher," this will accompany grilled meats, roast chicken, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. 

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Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2015 Brouilly Cuvée VV

From a small hillside parcel of 50-plus year-old vines in Brouilly, certified organic. Carbonic maceration with no addition of SO2, followed by foot-pressing, gravity fed into large barrels or foudres for aging. 12 mg of SO2 at bottling. In this year of intense ripeness in the Beaujolais, the Dutraive Brouilly Vieilles Vignes shows vivid aromas of raspberry liqueur, spice, citrus, menthol and violet with hints of earth and game; ripe red and black fruits on the palate with firm acidity, and dense fruit, spice, mineral and animal flavors in the long finish. This is a big, full-bodied and very complex Brouilly that will be most pleasing to lovers of natural wines and that will benefit from time in the cellar. Decant if drinking now and serve cool with grilled meats, guinea hen, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses.

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