Cru Beaujolais doesn’t get much better than Clos de la Roilette Fleurie. Rated 93 points by the stingy-scoring Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media, this is always one of my favorite Gamay-based wines. Tasting like a hypothetical cross of Northern Rhone Syrah and Southern Red Burgundy, the 2016 Clos de la Roilette is packed with intense flavor, surprising structure, and lots of complexity.
2016 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
93 points Vinous Media
“Brilliant ruby-red. Intense, mineral-accented red and dark berry aromas pick up a sexy floral quality with air. Concentrated yet lively, offering juicy raspberry, bitter cherry and blood orange flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end thrust. Shows a touch of candied licorice on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence. Drink now – 2028.” – Josh Raynolds – Vinous Media
Need I say more? I don’t, but you know I will! Year in and year out, the Clos de la Roilette Fleurie is one of my favorite Beaujolais’. And let’s get something straight right away — this is about as close to Beaujolais Nouveau as wild Alaskan salmon is to fish sticks!
Alain Coudert’s old, hillside vineyards on the border with Moulin-a-Vent yield powerful, deeply colored, cellar-worthy wines. I popped a bottle of the 2013 just the other night and my patience was seriously rewarded. The wine smelled eerily like really good, $50+ Red Burgundy. It had a complex spice/mineral nuance, the fruit was still pulsing, and the tannin had melted away. Seriously delicious! And at less than $20/bottle, you won’t find a better Beaujolais.
Oh yeah, if you don’t have the patience to wait for this one, don’t worry. It’s quite attractive right now — just give it a good 30 minute decant and enjoy it with just about any sort of protein, from lamb and chicken to mushrooms and root vegetables. You’ll be happy camper and this wine will show you that not all Beaujolais tastes like melted purple popsicles. Stop by and pick some up or all us at 828.505.8588 and we can run your credit card over the phone. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.
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