This was a fantastic discovery. With red as well as black fruit on the nose, this Fleurie would be difficult to distinguish from a fine Cote Rotie due to its richness and complexity. The nose shows undergrowth as well as fruit, while a spicy and warm palate impression evokes a red limousin-wood cognac. The wine is still young though and will surely benefit from further ageing.
The 2006 Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive is cruising along in the cellar, and just entering its plateau of maturity—indeed the wine gains considerably in volume and aromatic expressiveness for an hour or two in the decanter. The bouquet is a beautifully perfumed melange of strawberries, red and black cherries, fruit compote and complex soil tones. On the palate, the wine's structural elements open up to reveal a deep, richly fruited wine with ample volume and expansive texture, which finishes with a typical mineral signature. Tasters who do not seem to 'get' this wine should try a bottle that has been open for twenty-four hours, and they will see that far from being too old, this wine is actually still a little wrapped up.
Medium in color, with some bricking and a burnished edge. Equally mature, and best on the nose: ripe red fruits, some herbal notes and a wee pleasant trace of barnyard. Silky and subtle on the palate, with soft tannins, moderate acidity, and a nice floral quality in addition to the fruit/herbs. Difficult to imagine this improving, but has the stuffing to hold for another year or two.
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(Clos de Roilette Fleurie "Cuvee Tardive") Opened last night, this is in the same vein as the 2004, 2001, and 1998. Not as fleshy or as dark-fruited as the 1999, 2002 or 2005 but just as delicious. There is a freshness to this wine that I always find so appealing and it is here in spades. Just like it was in the 2004 and the 2001. Almost like a perfectly ripe red delicious apple kind of freshness. The purity is astonishing as usual as well as the delineation and depth. Crunchy red fruits galore with cleansing acidity. Lots of it too! The aromas are classic Tardive with a tons of clove, cardamon, cinnamon, apple orchard, cherries and wet earth. Just a symphony of Gamay. So crunchy and perfectly balanced. No hard edges here. A great Tardive and one to buy at least four bottles of and maybe more. Seems like it can be a 10-15 year Tardive. Will try one again in 4-6 months as it still needs to flesh out a bit.
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