2014 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie "Griffe du Marquis"

SKU #1276499 93 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Potent, mineral-accented dark berry, licorice and floral aromas are complemented by a hint of spicecake. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated black raspberry and violet pastille flavors underscored by an energizing mineral nuance. Shows excellent focus and lift on the long, sappy finish, which is framed by harmonious tannins. My instinct says that this will be more than worthy cellar candidate. (JR)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
This is one of my fav Beaujolais' on the shelf right now! Sophisticated and poised, the Griffe Du Marquis is sweet and spicy on the nose with aromas reminiscent of strawberries and white pepper. On the palate the dark fruit notes are luscious, yet stay in proportion by a generous dose of acidity and soft tannins. A beautiful wine, I wholeheartedly recommend!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2017 | Send Email
This is a very dry, earthy wine from the Fleurie region of Beaujolais. While most think of Gamay as fruit forward and simple, this is a departure from the norm, and a great alternative to a more expensive Burgundy. Aromas of iron minerality, black pepper, forest floor and underbrush dominate. The palate is light and high acid, with evolving flavors of black cherry skin, under-ripe raspberry, and white and black pepper. The tannin is firm, but doesn't overwhelm the light characteristic of this serious Beaujolais. Great paired with spicy foods!

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.