Result list for “Clos de la Roilette” (20 entries)

Mainly Beaujolais – new names & many magnums

By billn on May 29, 2019

Bien Boire en Beaujolais 2019 afforded me to the opportunity of finding a few (relatively) new names – here are 10 of them. Where possible I mainly tasted their 2017s. The domaines were not all from Beaujolais – truth be told, there’s some very nice Mâconnais domaines too! Plus I… Read More

2017 Beaujolais

By billn on March 18, 2019 #br extra!#pages

2017 was a year of contrasts – some very friendly growing conditions and some assuredly malevolent weather – a sometimes chaotic growing season, sometimes friendly. It could hardly be any other way when you consider the large geography of the region. Many think of 2017 as a hot and… Read More

Les Roches de Garants – 2015

By billn on March 14, 2017 #br extra!#pages

Tasted with Jean-Paul Champagnon in Fleurie, 08 February 2017. Domaine Les Roches de Garants La Treille 69820 Fleurie +33 4 74 04 15 62 www.champagnon.fr Jean-Paul on 2016: “Difficult. I was hailed – like many in Fleurie – 2 hectares were 100% lost. Read More

Les Roches de Garants (JP Champagnon)

By billn on July 06, 2016 #br extra!#pages

Tasted with Jean-Paul Champagnon in Fleurie, 14 April 2016. Domaine Les Roches de Garants La Treille 69820 Fleurie +33 4 74 04 15 62 www.champagnon.fr Jean-Paul Champagnon relates that “Yes it’s a family domaine, but not super-old; it was started by my parents in… Read More

weekend wines – week 4 2023

By billn on January 31, 2023 #degustation

weekend wines week 4 2023
I think that these wines are pertinent to the doomsday pricing impression left by my most recent post/repost. It’s important for me to to show you that drinking burgundy – and I use the term in its widest geographical sense – is not only about wines that cost… Read More

weekend stuff – week 30 2021

By billn on August 02, 2021 #degustation

You could call the seals to the right the good, the bad and the ugly – but those names don’t tally with the physical appearances: The clean-cut Nomacorc is the villain of the bunch – the first incarnation of this cane-sugar development was an utter disaster for all… Read More

Premier Crus for Fleurie?

By billn on June 06, 2023 #beaujolais#degustation#warning - opinion!

Fleurie - Clos de la Chapelle des Bois
*The Fleurie appellation is located in the heart of the Beaujolais Crus and overlooks the Saône valley, the AOC Fleurie is backed by a chain of ridges. It culminates between 225 and 475 meters above sea level and flourishes on 840 hectares of vines. The soils are mainly made up of more or less deep and decomposed pink granites which give Fleurie wines a finesse and an elegant structure. Check out: Fleurie & Fleurie Maps *As per InterBeaujolais... For about 10 years now, the 'Cru Fleurie' - ie the local association of winegrower/makers - have been involved in collective action and studies with the aim to 'encourage winegrowers to further improve the quality of their wines and highlight their terroirs in order to reclaim their wine history!' During this period, resources were allocated to both cartographic and geological studies - you have a link to the resulting maps here - this work carried out by the Rhône Chamber of Agriculture in collaboration with the Sigales pedological study office with the aid of InterBeaujolais. The result, with the (above) linked maps, certainly makes it possible to more fully appreciate the diversity of the soils in Beaujolais - granite is not always granite! Further research has included historical price positioning plus a survey on the cultural practices and know-how of the winegrowers. On Tuesday, March 28 2023, a general meeting was held for the Fleurie Cru and the Beaujolais vineyards. The winegrowers of the Fleurie Cru voted for an update to their specifications plus a list of climats that should be presented with all the collected historical information to the INAO for a Premiers Crus classification. *'Out of more than 70 voters (representing 60% of the surface area of the AOC), more than 85% of the winegrowers voted for the following:' *Interbeaujolais The updated specifications include the following commitments: - A yield of 52 hl/ha vs 56 hl for the Fleurie without mention of 1er Cru - Marketing of their wines on September 1st following the harvest vs the current February 1st - A first harvest after the 5th leaf - it is allowed in the 3rd vintage even for grand crus in the Côte d'Or! - A minimum degree of 11.5° vs the current 10.5° - Chemical weeding is prohibited for vines planted at greater than 120cm spacing The 48 climats of the cru were classified according to the following objective criteria: - The use of the locality in harvest claims - The claimed area vs planted area of the locality - Valuation of vintages - Tasting notes - Contemporary literature - Historical literature - The cartography The winegrowers of the Fleurie Cru wish to propose for Premier Cru classification the 7 climats having obtained the best scores in their voting, i.e.: - Les Moriers - Poncié - Les Garants - La Madone - La Roilette - Grille Midi - La Chapelle des Bois These 7 localities currently represent 27% of the appellation. The dossier containing these infos will be presented to the INAO. This is typically a very long process before (or if!) any changes come to fruition - 10-20 years! - with much horse-trading and even the likelihood that the INAO (in exchange) will wish to declassify some parcels from the AOC of Fleurie. My personal position is that the crus of Beaujolais are effectively (already) the equivalent of premier crus because of the pre-existence of Beaujolais-Villages eg Beaujolais-Lantignie (and many others) and an obvious step up in quality. I would be happier if the energy of the growers was focused on making the very best wine possible as opposed to tinkering with the rules and classification of their climats - yet! - Yet, it is also entirely possible that the improvement in quality that they are searching for and the investment in the best production facilities that can underpin that may only be widely achievable if the can earn a few more euros per bottle and need the influence of a 1er cru label to achieve that. You might say something of a chicken and egg situation... Click on 'Read More...' below to see the notes for 40+ Fleurie wines in the order that they were (blind) tasted this Springtime:   Read More

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