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2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

SKU #1481539 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Bottled only a week before I tasted it, Alain Coudert's 2019 Fleurie from the Clos de la Roilette is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of rose petals, red cherries, raspberries, spices and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, deep and velvety, it's elegant and fine-boned, with lively acids, refined structuring tannins and a long, perfumed finish. Readers who gravitate toward classical styles of Beaujolais will prefer the 2019 to the richer, more gourmand 2018, but both are lovely vintages for this reference-point address. As I've written before, the Coudert family acquired Fleurie's famous Clos de la Roilette—which neighbors Moulin-à-Vent formerly traded under that name—in 1967, and Alain has been at the helm since 1991. The soils here are rich in clay and manganese, and that, combined with a classical approach to maceration, results in muscular, structured wines that age very well. Vinified largely with whole clusters and the traditional submerged cap, these are typically deeply colored wines with plenty of fruit and tannin. The 2019 vintage has turned out especially well, and it's the most overtly Fleurie-styled vintage—in the sense that this appellation is identified with perfume and finesse—that Coudert has produced in a decade. If the gourmand generosity and wealth of fruit of 2018 will win the domaine new friends, then the fragrant and beautifully balanced 2019 will exercise special appeal over Beaujolais purists.(WK) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2021 | Send Email
This is a wonderful and expressive wine. The nose is very inviting but in the mouth it really shows off. There is depth and complexity with layers of dry juicy flavors. Medium to full bodied, the Clos de la Roilette will go well with lamb or vegetarian foods.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2021 | Send Email
The 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie is easily one of the best values we have company-wide. If you have purchased Clos de la Roilette in previous vintages you are well aware of the incredible quality these wines represent comparatively to their price and the 2019 is a wonderful example of this paradigm. A beautiful nose of red flowers and crushed wild cranberries flows seamlessly into a vibrant, electric and vivid palate that brims wild wild red berry and zesty cranberry and fresh picked herb notes. An incredibly versatile wine that can please both the Burgundian/Beaujolais enthusiast as well as a lover of California Pinot Noir this is a wine you need to own.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2031

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2021 | Send Email
The 2019 super classic semi carbonic Gamay from Alain Coudert is ready for your enjoyment. The first aroma that stands out is that of an iron rich red soil that comes across in a healthy, airy, firm top soil expression. On the spice and non fruit side pink peppercorns, dried marjoram and summer savory satchel dried but extremely fragrant. Cassis and a deep candied red cherry fruit comes across in a sort of a chunky jam/jelly way. The rustic flavors of this is quite nice and deserves stews or roasts with herbs seasoned in Indian or Moroccan spices cooked in a Tagine. This is a old world wine that is full of fresh flavors and a wonderfully pretty finish.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2021 | Send Email
A beautifully structured wine filled with wild cherry, strawberry and Violette aromas and flavors. This is elegant, fresh and drinkable from the up front fruit flavors to the touch of wet slate on the finish of fine tannins.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2021 | Send Email
I love this wine - elegant and approachable, scented with violet, raspberries, and black cherry. Structured nicely, showing lots of zing on the palate, this is as food-friendly and versatile as wine gets. A total gem for quarantine dining!

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