2019 Bernard Metrat Fleurie La Roilette
The Metrat family home and winery are to be found in the midst of the very highly regarded sector of Fleurie called “La Roilette”. La Roilette lies towards the bottom of the slope close to the border of Moulin a Vent and here the soil has a base of clay underneath the decomposed pink granite that is so typical of this area. This makes for wines that have a little more depth and structure than most other Fleuries.
“From vines planted after 1945 this cuvee consists of 40-60 year old vines planted in the heart of this outstanding lieu-dit La Roilette. This is also vinified in large cement vats with very gentle vinification of gently submerging the cap of the ferments giving very fine tannins. Each year we taste the different cuvees with Bernard we agonise about which cuvee of La Roilette to buy and for the tiny difference in price we usually opt for the vieilles vignes cuvee although in warmer years it is often this classic La Roilette cuvee which shows best in the first few years. This cuvee always has excellent depth and character right after bottling so in 2019 we have selected this cuvee – so you don’t need to wait to enjoy this cuvee right now.” - Importer notes.