Clos de la Roilette (Coudert)

Considered one of the most admired producers in Fleurie, Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie, covers nine hectares of one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. The clos has an eastern exposure, borders the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, and produces wines that are beautiful when young and have the capacity to age for over 10 years.

In the 20’s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which the clos had previously been classified. He created a label, using a photograph of his racehorse Roilette, and used the name Clos de la Roilette, without mentioning Fleurie. By the mid-1960s, the owner’s heirs had lost interest in the clos and a large portion of the land had gone wild and untended. In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought this poorly maintained estate, and replanted the vineyards. His son Alain joined him in 1984, and has been the winemaker since.

The Couderts say their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese), and the age of their vines (25 to 33 years-old) account for the richness of their wine. It has a deep color with a hint of purple, a restrained nose of crème de cassis, a rich, full mouth with aromas of cassis, black cherries, and a nutty character, and finishes with zesty acidity. This is a wine that ages gracefully and takes on the aromatic character of a Pinot Noir.

Clos de la Roilette (Coudert)

Fleurie 2014

Notes of leather, wood smoke, and forest floor mingling with the ripe cherry and raspberry in the nose signal that something more complex and mysterious is under foot than you will experience in all but a tiny fraction of Gamay-based wine. Generous juiciness on the palate is allied to a slightly grainy, palpable sense of extract and fine-grained tannin, while notes of toasted nut, raw beef, moss, and wet stones well up and add complexity to the wine’s long finish.


Alain Coudert’s flagship bottling of the Clos de la Roilette is absolutely superb in 2014.
The nose is deeper and more serious than the Cuvée Christal bottling from Monsieur Coudert, offering up a pure and nascently complex aromatic constellation of cherries, pomegranate, fresh thyme, a bit of bitter chocolate, a very complex base of dark soil nuances (dare I say Moulin-à- Vent-like soil tones), a touch of nutskin and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with moderate, ripe tannins, tangy acids, a superb core of fruit and outstanding focus and grip on the long and still quite youthful finish. I was seduced by the fleshy generosity of the 2009 Clos de la Roilette out of the blocks and found that it did not age quite as well as I had anticipated, but here, the wine’s depth and generosity are currently buried nicely behind its structural elements and this looks likely to truly age superbly well. It is
quite tasty today, but still a puppy and I would buy a case and tuck it away for a couple of years before starting to drink it in earnest. A lovely wine. 2017-2035. 
John Gilman,View From the Cellar May-June 2015 #57

Review Score: 92+

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2009
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Clos de la Roilette (Coudert)
Product Code DB0010-14
Varietal Gamay