An Important Vintage: Long-Haul Beaujolais - 2014 Roilette Fleurie Cuvee Tardive

Posted by Joe Salamone

An Important Vintage:
Long-Haul Beaujolais
2014 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

Without apology, we offer Roilette's Tardive every year. 2014 is the most exciting vintage for Tardive in a very long time.

The more we taste wines from the vintage, the more we're convinced that 2014 will be an important vintage for Beaujolais.

The 2014s are vibrant, but they're also packed with concentration and structure. We haven't seen this combination in such balanced proportions in a long time.

There are few bottles of Beaujolais that have the track record for aging, can deliver the incredible value and are as loved as Tardive. Every year, we pack our cellars with this wine and we're not alone.

Most of you know the deal with Tardive. Alain Coudert set out to make the anti-nouveau, a bottle to showcase just how complex, structured and ageworthy Beaujolais can be. He definitely proved his point - Tardives with 10 or 15 years of age can be shockingly good.

Roilette's terroir certainly helps with Tardive's ageworthiness. The wine is sourced from two parcels of eighty-year-old vines situated right on the border of Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent, which produces Beaujolais' deepest, most complex and ageworthy wines. Alain Coudert is eager to point out that the division between Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent begins at the tree line - the soils, however, are exactly the same.

The 2014 Tardive flaunts the jam-packed complexity that the best Tardives offer: dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, and plums), olives, licorice, smoke, mint, and an array of floral notes. There's also the wine's signature meatiness. In sum, there's an incredible spectrum and internal architecture.

Tardive's track record (and value) speaks for itself. Don't miss the 2014 Tardive. It has all of the markings of the most successful vintages of the wine.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits