Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Pomegranate, Light Oak, Clove
The Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie, covers nine hectares of one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. The label features a photo of the original owners racehorse Roilette. 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.
A small portion of the estates oldest Gamay vines, dating back to the 1930's, go into this cuvée. The wine is aged in used barrique for a full year, so the vintage is always one behind that of all other Roilette wines. It is bottled without fining or filtration. The Griffe du Marquis is medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with a fleshy core of fruit, fine tannins, and zesty acids. The rich palate provides generous flavors of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, blackberry, earth, clove, vanilla, light oak and a pinch of white pepper. Goes well with roasted white meats, duck, or something off the grill.