Bernard Metrat Fleurie La Roilette 2019
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more. Fine Fleurie, Beaujolais
“This domaine is superbly successful: the wines are generously perfumed, ample and expressive of their terroirs. The vieilles vignes of La Roilette has surpassed itself but the revelation comes from the superbly successful Chiroubles: it has been a long time since we have tasted one that is this complete. Their purchase is strongly recommended.” — Le Classement 2008
The Metrat family home and winery are to be found in the midst of the very highly regarded sector of Fleurie called “La Roilette”. La Roilette lies towards the bottom of the slope close to the border of Moulin a Vent and here the soil has a base of clay underneath the decomposed pink granite that is so typical of this area. This makes for wines that have a little more depth and structure than most other Fleuries.
“A good Fleurie is a wine of medium weight which has an ample flavour absolutely crammed full with this fruit and is overwhelmingly seductive. Some Fleuries can be delicious as early as the spring after the vintage. Others need keeping for another 6 months.” Clive Coates MW.
“La Roilette cru sits on very deep black granite. Historically, La Roilette used to be part of Moulin-à-Vent, which borders it to the east. In 1920, when Fleurie was demarcated, La Roilette ended up in Fleurie. This wine comes from vines planted in the 1920s and 1930s, and it has amazing density and precision.” Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com.
The Fleuries from the Metrat family fall into this latter category and these wines are now showing very well with the old vines cuvee having a little more dimension and finesse than the traditional cuvee. The winemaking by the Metrat family is traditional with fermentation in cement and no artificial yeasts used, crop levels are hand harvested and yields are kept low (certified Terra Vitis -sustainable practices favouring science and natural/ biological approach to pest control rather than synthetic chemicals).The wines show great purity of fruit with ample perfume and silky texture. The extraction of tannins is gentle and although these wines are generally drunk young these wines from the Metrat family can confidently be enjoyed over 5 or 10 years if you can manage to keep your hands off them! Extraordinary quality and value here in this fine rouge. Under stelvin.
“From vines planted after 1945 this cuvee consists of 40-60 year old vines planted in the heart of this outstanding lieu-dit La Roilette. This is also vinified in large cement vats with very gentle vinification of gently submerging the cap of the ferments giving very fine tannins. Each year we taste the different cuvees with Bernard we agonise about which cuvee of La Roilette to buy and for the tiny difference in price we usually opt for the vieilles vignes cuvee although in warmer years it is often this classic La Roilette cuvee which shows best in the first few years. This cuvee always has excellent depth and character right after bottling so in 2019 we have selected this cuvee – so you don’t need to wait to enjoy this cuvee right now.” Importer notes.
RRP$42 Our Special price $34.99 when you buy 6 bottles or more
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