Long-Haul Beaujolais - Half-Bottle Edition:
2016 Roilette Fleurie Cuvee Tardive Half-Bottles

Posted by Joe Salamone

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.

Young Tardive can show a pretty brutal structure. This is where half-bottles come in handy and what made this parcel irresistible. It's worth noting that half-bottles of Tardive are rare. These are the only ones available in the U.S.

Tardive is exactly the sort of wine that you should have a couple half-bottles kicking around of. The wine evolves faster in half-bottle, offering you a perfect opportunity to check-in on a wine without committing to a full bottle.

The 2016 Tardive is an especially vibrant vintage of the wine. It boasts an intense mineral core. We love vintages of Tardive like this. In fresher vintages, Tardive picks up a floral brightness, an added precision and even more gulpability. All the hallmarks of Tardive are on clear display - the meatiness, dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, plums), olives, licorice, smoke, mint, and an array of floral notes.

Tardive's track record (and value) speaks for itself. I bought all the half-bottles that I could get my hands on, but in reality it's not that much. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits