Tasted with Alain Coudert in Fleurie, 22 April 2016.
Domaine Clos de la Roilette
Clos de la Roilette
Tel: +33 4 74 69 84 37
This domaine was bought by Alain’s father in 1967, it was once part of a much bigger domaine called Les Crozets that had 80 hectares of vines between Fleurie and Moulin à Vent – it doesn’t exist anymore. Originally 6 hectares when established, the domaine now has 14 hectares of vines, including 1 hectare in Brouilly, 0.5 hectares of Beaujolais Villages – the rest is all in Fleurie. The domaine takes its name from the Clos de la Roilette, a climat in the village of Fleurie that covers nine hectares. The Clos has an eastern exposure and borders the Moulin à Vent appellation.
The horse head labels date from the old domaine and have been used for over a century – this label actually predating the AOC.
The domaine produces 4 cuvées with plenty of space for their foudres for elevage – Gigi the dog just pops in to check whats happening, then departs – but not for long, because the cat now has her bed!
Semi-carbonic fermentation with whole clusters is the norm here, but the top of tank is kept open. Alain sometimes uses a little destemming if there have been maladies and then uses a grill to keep all the solid material wet.
65-70% of the production is exported from here.
A very tasty set wines here – though without anything really exceptional.
From Salange on the east-facing side. Very sandy here with about 80 cm of soil.
A bright, deep red nose – attractive and fresh. Big in the mouth, round and fresh too – with nice waves of dark flavour, almost but never quite delivering a bitter twist in the finish – still there’s licorice from this dark wine its persistent too.
80% from Roilette and the rest from other parcels with 20-25% clay that ‘adds a little robustness.’
Fine, wide and floral nose with a hint of structure – classic and fine Fleurie. Nicely fills the mouth with layers of flavour. Dark fruit again but with a little more padding/comfort to the experience. Nice fresh, dark fruit dimension in the mid-palate. Very tasty wine indeed. Lovely and very tasty finish too – Yum!
2014 Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
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.
Nice deep colour. The nose is padded, darkly fruited and accented with a faint vanilla. Here is more padding to the texture, more waves of flavour, perhaps a little more structure at the base – the flavour has a hint of bitter chocolate with a subtle accent of vanilla. I agree with Alain – wait a couple of years while enjoying the last wine. This is super finishing with a nice reprise de gout.
2014 Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis
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.
A dark and wide nose slowly giving up a floral note too. Large-scaled in the mouth, some tannic structure. Wide and with super concentration. Super width of flavour. Vin de garde but nothing painful here. A fine floral note in the finishing flavours. – this is lovely but it will get lovelier for sure.
2006 Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
A deep nose, with faint Marsala. Lovely in the mouth, wide and full-flavoured. Again the Marsala but a tasty wine – plenty of character. Fine floral finish…