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2014 Roilette Fleurie Griffe du Marquis

Posted by Joe Salamone

We've been sitting on our 2014 Griffe du Marquis for a while. This will be one of our last 2014 offers.

“My instinct says that this will be [a] more than worthy cellar candidate.” - Joshua Raynolds

It will be sad to see the vintage come to an end, especially the stunning cast of wines that Roilette produced. 2014 may very well be the best Roilette vintage since 2005.

2014 is clearly an important vintage. The 2014s are vibrant and transparent, but they’re also packed with concentration and structure. The wines offer incredible impact and punch, with classically balanced proportions. In his recent coverage of 2014 Beaujolais, Vinous Media's Josh Raynolds offers sage advice: "Readers who enjoy Beaujolais need to stock up on the best 2014s."

There's no doubt that 2014 Beaujolais is a vintage to go deep on. When it comes to ageworthy Beaujolais, few domaines can rival Roilette.

Roilette's cuvée Tardive has no problem aging 10-20 years. In 2009, Roilette released the first vintage of Griffe du Marquis, which is 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 Tardive is briefly aged in.

Now that we've had time to track Griffe du Marquis for a number of vintages, it seems clear that it is also a "long-haul" Beaujolais. The 2014 is very likely the strongest Griffe du Marquis to date. It has everything in place to age beautifully - dense, mineral-laden verve and harmony. There’s gorgeous gripping length and for all of its intensity, the wine is buoyed by a radiant energy.

Roilette's wines are some of our favorites. There are few bottles that deliver as much soul and age as well for the price. When there's a great vintage of Roilette, the smart play is to stock up.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Roilette Fleurie Griffe du Marquis

John Raynolds, Vinous Media: "Deep ruby. Potent, mineral-accented dark berry, licorice and floral aromas are complemented by a hint of spicecake. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated black raspberry and violet pastille flavors underscored by an energizing mineral nuance. Shows excellent focus and lift on the long, sappy finish, which is framed by harmonious tannins. My instinct says that this will be more than worthy cellar candidate."