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Domaine Coudert, Fleurie Clos de la Roilette 2018

Red Wine from France - Beaujolais
From a Beaujolais vineyard bordering Moulin-à-Vent the wine has the perfume of a Fleurie and the body of a Moulin-à-Vent. Alain Coudert describes 2018 as a pleasure vintage, and his Fleurie delivers pleasure in abundance.
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Code: BJ8271

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Gamay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Beaujolais

At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted...
At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted with a single red grape: gamay, or to be more precise, gamay noir à jus blanc. Often densely planted to help control the vines vigour, and therefore yields, trained low and pruned hard, they are need at least a short spell of real heat to ripen properly. In terms of soil, gamay does not do well on sedimentary rock types. Much of Beaujolais is granite with outcrops of schist in part of Morgon or Andesites in the Cote de Brouilly.

A little over 200 hectares is planted with chardonnay, which is growing in popularity because it is easier to sell and can be turned into sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne. White Beaujolais is sold either as Beaujolais blanc or Beaujolais-Villages blanc, and the best comes areas with chalk in the soil.

Below is a list of the appellations, but it is worth mentioning that the most important factor in the wines’ quality is the grower.

Beaujolais: Mostly from the south where the soils are often of a limestone called pierres dorées, which makes excellent building material. But there are granites as well and a great many styles of wine possible though a major part of the productions continues to be made as Nouveau.

Beaujolais-Villages: These wines come from the north and are set among the ten crus and planted on the same granitic soils. 38 parishes are allowed to produce Beaujolais-Villages. They offer a midway point between generic Beaujolais and the greater complexity of the crus.

The ten crus, from north to south, are: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Each have their own unique variation on the local geology and topography, climatic conditions and character; from the light, fragrant Chiroubles to the richer, more concentrated Moulin-à-Vent with its ability to age and comparison in great years with top Burgundies.

Within these crus are specific vineyards, or climats, with deserved reputations for high-quality, such as Poncié in Fleurie or Côte du Py in Morgon. For a more thorough examination of these crus and their characteristic traits please see our How to Buy Beaujolais guide in the Wine World & News section of our website.
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Domaine Coudert, Clos de la Roilette

Sitting on the border with Moulin-à-Vent the majority of this domaine is 12 hectares of one of the best sites in Fleurie. When the Fleurie appellation was first established in the 1920s the then owner of Clos de la Roilette was shocked to find that his wine had been removed from the Moulin-à-Vent appellation and placed, irrevocably as we now know, in Fleurie. In high dudgeon he vowed never to sell his wine in France, never again mentioned the name Fleurie on the bottle and put a picture of his favourite racehorse on the label.

These days it is clear that Moulin-à-Vent’s loss was a big gain for Fleurie, and present owner Alain Coudert has carried on the excellent work of his father Fernand, who purchased the estate in 1967. Alain has also retained the nickname of ‘Le Marquis,’ given by locals to his father. His home is also the winery, which sits proudly amid the vines.

As well as his 12 hectares of Fleurie vineyard he also owns almost a hectare of vines in Brouilly that at one time belonged to his grandfather and was worked by his uncle until 2005 when Alain took over. The site is a fine one, achieving good levels of ripeness.

The vineyard in Fleurie has an easterly exposure with heavy clay and granite soils, rich in manganese, requiring work to be done by hand. Alain farms sustainably and uses native yeasts for his semi-carbonic fermentations and produces a wine that has the concentration and structure to age for five years or more, though it shows the fresh fruit flavours...
Sitting on the border with Moulin-à-Vent the majority of this domaine is 12 hectares of one of the best sites in Fleurie. When the Fleurie appellation was first established in the 1920s the then owner of Clos de la Roilette was shocked to find that his wine had been removed from the Moulin-à-Vent appellation and placed, irrevocably as we now know, in Fleurie. In high dudgeon he vowed never to sell his wine in France, never again mentioned the name Fleurie on the bottle and put a picture of his favourite racehorse on the label.

These days it is clear that Moulin-à-Vent’s loss was a big gain for Fleurie, and present owner Alain Coudert has carried on the excellent work of his father Fernand, who purchased the estate in 1967. Alain has also retained the nickname of ‘Le Marquis,’ given by locals to his father. His home is also the winery, which sits proudly amid the vines.

As well as his 12 hectares of Fleurie vineyard he also owns almost a hectare of vines in Brouilly that at one time belonged to his grandfather and was worked by his uncle until 2005 when Alain took over. The site is a fine one, achieving good levels of ripeness.

The vineyard in Fleurie has an easterly exposure with heavy clay and granite soils, rich in manganese, requiring work to be done by hand. Alain farms sustainably and uses native yeasts for his semi-carbonic fermentations and produces a wine that has the concentration and structure to age for five years or more, though it shows the fresh fruit flavours that are classic Fleurie in youth.

Alain attributes the richness of the Fleurie to the terroir and the age of his vines but there is little doubt that the winemaking plays its part in making the most of these assets.
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Beaujolais Vintage 2018

As with Bordeaux, we bought Beaujolais heavily in 2018 because the vintage is excellent. The wines have perfume and plenty of vibrant fruit whilst maintaining freshness, as acidity levels were good.
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Club Oenologique

Forget nouveau, this is gamay de terroir if you like from Alain Coudert, deep ruby in colour, its smoky cherry-like aromas and dark cherry fruitiness a far cry from lollipop and much more the...
Forget nouveau, this is gamay de terroir if you like from Alain Coudert, deep ruby in colour, its smoky cherry-like aromas and dark cherry fruitiness a far cry from lollipop and much more the traditional Beaujolais cru that it is (it was formerly in Moulin-à-Vent), with a structure of both grip and freshness promising further development over the next two to five years.  
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90/100Anthony Rose

decanter.com

2018 in Beaujolaiswas a high-yielding and high-quality vintage. This one might trip you up if yousee Fleurie on the label and expect a pretty, floral style. The vineyardsborder Moulin-à-Vent and the...
2018 in Beaujolaiswas a high-yielding and high-quality vintage. This one might trip you up if yousee Fleurie on the label and expect a pretty, floral style. The vineyardsborder Moulin-à-Vent and the wine is far more in that style – quite dark,robust and firmly structured. The average age of the vines is 60, and wines aremade in a traditional style, in concrete tanks and foudres. Fleshy, perfumedplum fruit, juicy and well made. Coq au vin would be a good match.
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89/100 Amy Wislocki

JancisRobinson.com

Deep smudgy cherryred. Dark-red fruits and rather savoury on the nose, reminding me more ofMoulin-à-Vent than of Fleurie. This is serious and incipiently delicious gamay,with the stony rocky quality...
Deep smudgy cherryred. Dark-red fruits and rather savoury on the nose, reminding me more ofMoulin-à-Vent than of Fleurie. This is serious and incipiently delicious gamay,with the stony rocky quality of the best vineyards giving a strong mineralcharacter in addition to lovely fruit. Firm, dry and quite tannic at themoment, definitely a wine to cellar. Not classic Fleurie though I can see itmight be on the border. Firm and chewy on the palate but with the freshness tomake it a harmonious whole. I don't see the perfume of Fleurie at the momentbut perhaps it will come with time. Very good value.
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16.5/20 Julia Harding MW

The Daily Telegraph

Beaujolais, andparticularly the wines from the villages that have cru status, still offerssome of the very best-value wine in France. Domaine Coudert is interestingbecause it’s in Fleurie but on the ...
Beaujolais, andparticularly the wines from the villages that have cru status, still offerssome of the very best-value wine in France. Domaine Coudert is interestingbecause it’s in Fleurie but on the border with Moulin-à-Vent, and while you dofind some of the classic Fleurie floral notes, the wine has the sinew of aMoulin.
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- Victoria Moore

The Times

My kind of Fleurie, crammed with delicious, dusky, floral, black cherry and Victoria plum fruit. 

- Jane MacQuitty

The Sunday Times

A thoroughbredFleurie named after the former owner’s racehorse Roilette, pictured on thelabel. It’s a fine expression of gamay, with a silky texture and satisfyingdepth of flavour, and can be...
A thoroughbredFleurie named after the former owner’s racehorse Roilette, pictured on thelabel. It’s a fine expression of gamay, with a silky texture and satisfyingdepth of flavour, and can be enjoyed right away or cellared for years to come.
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- Will Lyons

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