As connoisseurs walk by the French section of our store, each and every one gives a reverential nod to one bottle – the Clos de la Roilette Beaujolais. Sometimes they touch the label, sometimes they just let loose a passing comment like ‘that wine is awesome.’ So when we found out that we had a shot at the last 10 cases of the 2011 vintage available to retailers and not reserved for restaurants, we took it. If only to preserve our street cred with our wine reps.
From a producer and vintage that that made famed wine critic Jancis Robinson crow: “I’m in love . . . go, go and invest heavily in 2011 Beaujolais”, this is truly a beloved bottle. Juicy, yet elegant with brambly red and black fruits and an unbelievably silky mouthfeel with notes of smoke and spice. And, in a nice bit of kismet, the label happens to feature a picture of a racehorse that has been on the bottle since the ’60s, perfect if you’re celebrating Derby Day and want an alternative to juleps.