Distance Runner: 2013 Roilette Fleurie Griffe du Marquis

Posted by Joe Salamone

Distance Runner
2013 Roilette Fleurie Griffe du Marquis

"I was reminded more than a little of the northern Rhône by this compelling wine." -Josh Raynolds

If you're looking for sternly mineral and long-aging Beaujolais, Roilette is the place to look. Few Beaujolais come close to Roilette in terms of aging or transformation in the cellar.

As Roilettes age, a complex meatiness, dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, plums), olives, licorice, smoke, mint, and an array of floral notes are unlocked. Josh Raynolds' Northern Rhône comment is definitely apt.

The first vintage of Griffe du Marquis was 2009. It's sourced from the same two parcels of eighty-year-old vines bordering Moulin-à-Vent that go into Tardive. The only difference is that Griffe du Marquis spends time in old Burgundy barrels instead of the foudre that the Tardive is briefly aged in. Watching the initial versions age, we're really excited to taste a Griffe du Marquis with a decade of age, especially in a vintage like 2013.

We're very fond of the 2013 vintage. The more time they've had in bottle, the more impressed we've become. It's in the same vein as vintages like 2007 and 2010, but with more concentration and structure. The best wines from the vintage will only have 2005 and 2014 to compete with in terms of quality. The higher acid and cooler vintage really lets the minerality and earthy tones shine.

The 2013 Griffe du Marquis represents the best of the vintage. There's a deep stony minerality that grips the palate. It is complemented by spice and floral notes. Overall, it's clearly built to last.

Roilette's wines are some of the most profound and ageworthy Beaujolais around. We strongly suggest that you stock up on this soulful value.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2013 Roilette Fleurie Griffe du Marquis