Clos de la Roilette

In the small pantheon of great Cru Beaujolis producers, Clos de la Roilette is certainly one of the finest.  And while their Cuvée Tardive certainly garners it’s fair share of well deserved attention, it’s rarer Griffe du Marquis is a gem.  The famed label featuring the horse head maybe easy to distinguish, but perhaps they should think of the Griffe du Marquis as a black unicorn.  The wine is aged in barrel, and it is one of the most age worthy Cru Beaujolais bottlings I have come across, along with Foillard’s Cote du Py of course!  Whether it is the barrel aging or the old vines from which the Gamay is sourced, the Griffe du Marquis is a very serious wine.  It offers great structure, but also everything else one could wish for in a great Cru Beaujolais.  It is approachable now with scents of purple fruits, wild herbs, and stones, but it should age well for 10-15 years or more.  The Griffe du Marquis is typically priced in the $30-$40 price range and worth every penny if you happen across a bottle.  As good as it gets in Cru Beaujolais.