Gamay 33, Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2015

metro fleurie la roulette

Metrat is underrated as a Beaujolais producer. I visited him last year, and really loved the wines. This is one of his best, a Fleurie that comes from a special Lieu Dit, La Roilette. The crus of Beaujolais have a fair bit of soil variation, and there are some especially privileged sites, and now growers are beginning to put them on labels. This is an exciting move.

La Roilette is to the far west of the cru

La Roilette is to the far west of the cru

La Roilette cru sits on very deep black granite. Historically, Roilette used to be part of Moulin-à-Vent, which borders it to the east. In 1920, when Fleurie was demarcated, La Roilette ended up in Fleurie.

This wine comes from vines planted in the 1920s and 1930s, and it has amazing density and precision.

Domaine Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2015 Beaujolais
13% alcohol. This is superb. It’s dense and concentrated – hallmarks of the 2015 vintage – but it also has freshness, minerality and precision. It’s vivid with good acidity supporting the stony black cherry and blackberry fruit, with some tannic grip and lovely brightness and focus. This is a powerful, structured expression of Gamay, but it isn’t heavy or clunky. It coats the tongue with some fine-grained but grippy tannins, and there’s a hint of damson bitterness countering the sweet, intense fruit. Will likely develop well. 93/100

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