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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Clos de la Roilette is relatively small at 9ha and covers some of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Cru, bordering the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. The Fleurie appellation was first created in the 1920’s, and the previous landowner was furious that his property was no longer covered under Moulin-à-Vent. He created his label using a picture of his racehorse, named Roilette, without any mention of the new Fleurie, and even refused to sell his wine in France, exporting everything to Switzerland, Germany, and England. The owners' heirs had no interest in wine production and let the land go untended, until it was purchased in 1967 by Fernand Coudert, assisted by his son Alain since 1984, choosing to keep the image of Roilette the racehorse. The vines were all replanted when Fernand purchased the property, but they are still up to 45 years old. This, combined with the unique terroir of clay and manganese granite soils, is what the Couderts say gives their wine a wonderful richness. Their Fleurie AOC cuvée is semi-carbonic macerated and fermented with indigenous yeasts, followed by an aging period in large oak foudres. It’s plush with deep blackcurrant, black cherry, and cassis with a hint of nuttiness and zesty acidity and minerality on the finish. Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan. Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.