Fleurie "Cuvée Christie"


100% Gamay. "Cuvée Christie" is an exception among Roilette estate wines in a few ways. It is the newest bottling, the first vintage having been in 1999. The vines are "young" for Roilette, mainly in the 30-40-year range. They are not part of the original Clos de la Roilette vineyard and thus, more crucially, have more typical Fleurie soils vs. the Roilette's, with more granite than clay or manganese. Because these two parcels are outside the Clos, the label is different as well, featuring the Coudert family name instead of "Clos de la Roilette". The wine's name originally was "Christal", a playful combination of Alain Coudert's kids' names (Alexis + Christie); it changed to today's "Cuvéee Christie" after a well-known Champagne house sued over the use of "Christal". 

All of that said, Cuvée Christie follows suit with the other Roilette wines. The farming is sustainable and all vineyard work is by handVinification is traditional, semi-carbonic Beaujolais style. The whole clusters are harvested by hand and fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in open-top concrete tank. Maceration is the shortest of all at around 10 days, with a submerged cap rather than punchdowns. Sulfur use is quite minimal. The wine is aged in large, old oak foudres for about 9 months before bottling.

90 points
"Deep magenta. Fresh red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by subtle floral and pungent herb flourishes. Lithe and focused on the palate, with a peppery note adding spiciness to bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors. Finishes tight and long, showing lingering florality and silky tannins that add shape and discreet grip."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
August 2021
91 points
"Alain Coudert makes his Cuvée Christie from two parcels of vines he owns that sit on Fleurie’s more typical granitic soils, rather than the clay and manganese (far more similar to the soils of next door Moulin-à-Vent) of the rest of the Clos de la Roilette vineyards. For this reason, the wine is bottled under Domaine Coudert. The 2020 Cuvée Christie is a beautiful young wine, offering up scents of cherries, sweet cranberries, woodsmoke, a lovely base of soil tones, fresh thyme and a topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and very sappy at the core, with lovely focus and grip, just a touch of backend tannin and a long, complex and tangy finish. Fine juice. 2021-2035."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
November 2021

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