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2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie "Cuvée Tardive"

SKU #1418601 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Coudert's brilliant 2018 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive offers up a deep and incipiently complex bouquet featuring raspberries, mulberries, rose petals, violets and cracked black pepper. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and layered, with an abundance of rich and powdery structuring tannins, ripe but lively acids and a long, lingering finish. While this is built for the long haul—its name alluding to the aging potential of this old-vine cuvée, not to a later harvest—its enveloping profile and perfectly mature phenolics will make it unusually approachable in its youth. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Youthful purple. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, baking spices and potpourri, with hints of blood orange and savory herbs emerging with aeration. Juicy, densely packed mulberry and boysenberry flavors show excellent clarity and powerful back-end thrust becoming sweeter with air. Shows serious power and sexy, floral lift on the impressively persistent finish, which is supported by slowly building, youthfully gripping tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which he had previously been classified. He created a label, using a photograph of his horse Roilette, and used the name Clos de la Roilette, without mentioning Fleurie. The current label does mention the name of the appellation, but only as a subscript. Coudert's Fleurie, often better known as "that delicious wine with the Horse on the label," comes from the Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie. The vineyard has an eastern exposure that borders the Moulin-à-Vent and is situated on one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. Father-son winemaking team, Fernand and Alain Coudert, say their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese), and the age of their vines account for the richness of their Fleurie.

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2020 | Send Email
This is not your typical Fleurie. The Cuvee Tardive is made with the property's oldest vines and has more structure, dark brooding fruit. savory herbs, some spice and good mineral drive. It was a bit taut at first but after a chance to unwind it was a superb compliment to my pasta that had a slight Moroccan twist to the tomato sauce. Between this and their cru village, this is the one to have if you looking to enjoy more seriously, or put away for awhile.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2019 | Send Email
For the very first sniff of the glass you know this is something special! Crushed geranium, Asian spice, licorice and macerated cherry aromas spring from the glass. The palate is rich and velvety with floral and spice notes as well as intense berry fruit. This complex and powerful red is a fantastic wine and is a great example of what height Beaujolais can reach.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

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