Long-Haul Beaujolais in Magnum: Roilette Magnums

Posted by Joe Salamone

Long-Haul Beaujolais in Magnum
Clos de la Roilette MAGS:
2010 Cuvée Tardive
2011 Cuvée Tardive
2011 Griffe du Marquis

Simply put, Roilette's wines are some of the most profound and ageworthy Beaujolais around. They are bulletpoof.

Today, we're happy to offer two vintages of Tardive mags and rare Griffe du Marquis mags.

Given the confluence of value and ageworthiness, buying Roilette in large format is always a good move. With that, we should also issue a warning: quantities are very limited.

Cuvée Tardive is sourced from two east-facing parcels of vines over 80 years old bordering Moulin-à-Vent and boasting a most formidable structure. The typical profile of Roilette's wines is one of dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, plums), olives, licorice, smoke, mint, a complex array of flowers and a salty, meaty, nutty quality. As the long description suggests, the Tardive is a seriously complex wine.

2010 is a really, really good year for Tardive. The 2010s, while muscular, have that snap and clarity. There's the structure and verve that combine for a riveting, long-aging vintage.

2011 is a really remarkable edition of Tardive. If you think about a cross of 2009 and 2010 Tardive, you get a fairly accurate picture. In 2011, Tardive has its classic profile of dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, plums) along with olives, licorice, smoke, mint, a complex array of flowers and a meaty quality. The 2011 has round, vibrant fruit with a nice complementing freshness.

The source of Griffe du Marquis is the same two parcels of eighty-year-old vines 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. Griffe du Marquis is every bit as exciting a rendition of Fleurie and Beaujolais as Tardive. There's also a layered clarity to it as bright cherry fruit gives way to flowers and a savory, salty, meaty minerality. And above all, a sense of lift.

The 2011 Griffe du Marquis shows a depth and nuance along with a sense of poise and elegance. When the dust settles, the '11 Griffe du Marquis may very well be the most successful edition of the wine since the first vintage in '09.

As I said, there's not much of any these to go around. Please keep in mind we may have to allocate. Roilette has a cult following. 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