Age worthy Fleurie from Clos de la Roilette
Patience will rewards those who purchase this pair of 2015 vintage wine from Clos de la Roilette. I found them tight upon first opening so I waited another 48 hours before trying them again. If you are considering laying down these wines you should just spend the extra $6 to buy the 2015 Coudert (Clos de la Roilette), Cuvée Tardive, Fleurie. While it clearly needs age it already reveals more complexity on the nose and in the mouth. Beyond flavor it offers weight and texture that feels good in the mouth. It is more impressively put together so it will readily develop until the next decade. At that point you should be able to drink it after pulling the cork and not days later. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Coudert (Clos de la Roilette), Fleurie – $24
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 30-40 year old vines that underwent semi-carbonic maceration then was aged in large oak foudres. Alcohol 13%. The tart red and black fruit is almost puckering and certainly brighter. This is a the grapier of the pair but with the stuffing to age. *** 2018- 2025.
2015 Coudert (Clos de la Roilette), Cuvée Tardive, Fleurie – $30
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 80 year old vines on clay soils that underwent semi-carbonic maceration then was aged in large oak foudres. Alcohol 13%. This is quite dark in the glass with a tangy nose of berries and complex potpourri. In the mouth this is a dense, almost silky wine. Perhaps raw silk is a better description for the flavors are textured and weighty. Mulled berries take on blacker fruit in the finish as well as a licorice note. There is a dose of fine, drying tannins in the end which will help see this wine through many years of age. ***(*) 2019-2030.