Fleurie "Cuvée Tardive"


100% Gamay. From the oldest vines,which are from 80 years on up, on heavy clay soils with relatively little granite and quite a lot of the iron-like mineral manganese. "Tardive" does not mean that the harvest is late, as is commonly believed, but rather is a reference to the wine's ability and need to age for years. The farming is sustainable or lutte raisonnée. All vineyard work is by hand, with the soils worked only superficially, at most twice per year, to protect the roots of these old vines. Vinification 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 lasts around 18 days for Tardive, 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.

94 points
"The 2020 Cuvée Tardive from Alain Coudert comes in listed at a full point higher in octane than the regular bottling of Clos de la Roilette this year (fourteen versus thirteen percent), but shares the same precision and sappiness. The wine is quite a bit more structured out of the blocks than the regular Clos, offering up a deep and primary nose of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a touch of dark chocolate, a beautiful base of Clos de la Roilette soil tones, a bit of roasted pigeon, woodsmoke and a hint of nutskin in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, sappy and full, with a rock solid core of fruit, a nice chassis of ripe tannin and a long, nascently complex and vibrant finish. This wine is loaded with ripe fruit, but nicely harnessed to its underlying mineral drive and buried tannin. This is a more powerful example of the vintage, as these eighty year-old vines show more of the drought character of some wines from the vintage, and therefore, will need some time to blossom. 2026-2055. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
November 2021

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