About: Roilette is a unique site within Fleurie for it has around 25% clay in its granite soils. In fact the estate used to lie within the now neighbouring Moulin-a-Vent appellation which the sturdy structure of this wine displays. Yet Alain Coudert gives it what he calls a Fleurie vinification, so the wine has a bit of the best of both worlds. Both floral and rich fruit.
Location: Roilette, down the hill east from Fleurie village.
Size: 9 ha
Age: 75% planted in 1968
Soils: granite with 25% clay
Exposition: east and north east
Farming: basically organic
Average yield hl/ha: 35
Climate: continental, usually cold winters, warm, sometimes hot summers but who knows these days.
Ferments in concrete tank, using whole bunches, natural yeasts, by classic semi-carbonic maceration, without sulfur. On skins for 15 days, then pressed and returned to concrete tank to finish then moved to foudre to age for 9 months. A gram of sulfur may be added after the malo and a gram at bottling otherwise none. The wine is very lightly filtered because it’s bottled too early to have fallen naturally clear.
Vintage Notes 2019
The 2019 heatwave was relieved by a cool July and some rain between the heatwaves. Volume reduced by 25% due to hail on 4 ha.
Date harvested: early september
Yield hl/ha: 40
Date bottled: 2020-05
Bottles produced: 25,000
Alcohol %: 13.3
SO2 Total: 40
Tasting: beautiful, classic style, very mineral, fresh, with rich red strawberry and black cassis fruit, juicy, supple, rich velvet tannins. Great harmony.