Domaine Coudert Fleurie AOC 'Cuvee Christie' 2018

Article number: Domaine Coudert Cuv Christie Fleurie 18
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Among the most highly regarded producers in Beaujolais, Clos de la Roilette has 9 hectares in Fleurie, with one of the top slopes in all of the ten Beaujolais crus. In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which the estate had previously been classified. He created a label using a picture of his racehorse Roilette and used the name Clos de la Roilette (without mentioning Fleurie.) In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought the then long-neglected estate and replanted the vineyards. His son Alain joined him in 1984 and has been the winemaker since. As on the entire estate, the 30-40 year old gamay vines for "Cuvée Christie" are farmed sustainably by lutte raisonnée and the soils worked by hand, only twice a year and very carefully in order to not do damage to the older plants’ roots. The fruit is manually harvested and fermented in whole clusters with native yeasts, kicking off Roilette’s version of traditional Beaujolais semi-carbonic vinification. Because the vines are not located in Coudert's historical Clos de la Roilette lieu-dit, Alain Coudert decided to bottle it as "Domaine Coudert", with a differently-styled label as well. 100% gamay, the fruit for the 2017 vintage was augmented with some purchased Fleurie fruit, as Roilette lost 70% of their fruit due to a combination of frost and hailstorm damage. "Cuvée Christie" is the most delicate and pretty of the Roilette line-up, its moderate tannins and lighter body rendering it ready to enjoy sooner (like right now!). It boasts a perfumed bouquet of cherries, dark berries, licorice and a touch of gaminess. Beautifully balanced on the palate, it remains lively, with cherry, blackberry, and currant flavors mingling with delicate acidity and supple tannin. Sustainably grown.

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