2015 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

SKU #1276498 92 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Heady red and blue fruit, potpourri and fruitcake aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a minerally nuance with air. Combines power and finesse with a deft hand, offering palate-staining black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Shows real intensity and a suave floral pastille quality on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a sappy blue fruit note behind. (JR)  (8/2016)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette from Alain Coudert is a ripe and flamboyant example of the vintage, wafting from the glass in a sappy mix of black cherries, pomegranate, chocolate, dark soil tones, gamebird, a hint of lavender and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, plush on the attack and a bit chewy on the backend, with a sappy core, fairly low acids for this bottling, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and fairly powerful finish. The label here claims thirteen percent octane, but this is a bigger boy than that and is probably at least fourteen percent. It is plenty ripe in personality, but very well-balanced in its broad-shouldered style and quite tasty. It is as ripe as the 2009, but chewier and a bit denser in profile. 2016-2025+. 90  (2/2016)

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
Buy this! I swear you won't regret it. From arguably one of the best producers in Fleurie, this wine presents all the voluptuous hallmarks of the warm 2015 vintage. Offering a deep colored, richly textured body, this wine is lush on the palate with ripe red raspberry and blackberry fruit yet stays in graceful balance with light tannins and hints of Fleurie-esqe pink graphite minerality. Pair with a plate of charcuterie at your next party for a sure fire hit. Super Recommended!

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 Clos De La Roilette has more depth and concentration than most Gamays on the market. Packed with blue fruit and crushed granite on the nose that continues gracefully onto the palate. An exquisitely dense and structured wine considering how hot 2015 was in Fleurie. Check this wine out, it's well worth the money.

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