Tasted with Alain Coudert in Fleurie, 04 February 2021.
Alain on 2019:
“2019 was complicated by the frost – we lost at least 30% – here is quite close to the bottom plots of Moulin à Vent, so… But oh yes, it’s a very Beaujolais vintage. Quite hot but correct in the summer we didn’t harvest too early. The wines were easy to vinify and had just a bit less alcohol than in 18 so that probably helped.
“In terms of commerce, we have managed to compensate for some of our more difficult markets and for us we can’t complain right now.”
Everything that Alain Coudert touched in 2018 turned out to be great – there’s a fine result here in 2019 too, but just behind the brilliance of his 2018s.
All wines from 2019 are now bottled:
The vines come from the maternal side of the family, but it’s only a small parcel.
Open, perfumed, lightly caramel is my impression but certainly an invitation. Mouth-filling with a very small grain of tannin, some floral perfume in the finish too. Slowly lingering – that’s a lovely wine with a little structure to wait for. Very yum!
2019 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette
The ‘Classic’ cuvée here
That’s wide and very attractively perfumed. Direct, silky, muscled but wiry muscle – not broad and beefy – here’s an athlete. That’s long and mouth-watering. Quite mineral too. Super.
2019 Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
Parcels here in Roilette from old vines of at least 70 years old “Really the cuvée to drink a little later – but I don’t write vieilles vignes because it really doesn’t mean that much.” 90% elevage in foudres for about 8 months. The name tardive is not because they choose later harvesting. rather because these vines take longer to mature.
Plenty of colour. That’s a much deeper and more concentrated nose – faintly high-toned florals, almost pyrazine. Extra zip, direct, fresh, mouth-watering. There’s more concentration here. Depth of flavour too but the finish is very wide and has a certain elegance – just the faintest suggestion of tannin today but without grain. Really excellent wine.
The stamp of the Marquis on this wax-topped, sommelier bottle. The same vines as tardive but matured in older barrels for 1 year before assembly into tank for 3 months. First produced in 2009.
More airy, more floral. Super fresh, direct again but also with quite some growing width. The structure is more to the fore. The middle is concentrated but fresh and multi-dimensional – that’s really great – elegant isn’t the right word but there’s a delicacy and clarity to these finishing flavours. Yes!
And for the pleasure:
The colour of an 18! A nose of breadth and complexity – such an invitation. So wide, so fine – no fat, intense and wide – complex. Great wine – This reminds me just how great the 18s were here, last year.
Here the nose is more compact, but with an attractive subtle airiness. Super fresh – open, mouth-filling – slightly saline. Really complex finishing. A wine that starts good and just gets better and better – seriously great finishing. Bravo!