Pierre-Marie Chermette Les Trois Roches Moulin-a-Vent 2018
Three things you need to know:
1. Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate writer William Kelly tells us that "To my palate, some of the cuvées reviewed here number among the finest values that can be found in French wine, and I warmly recommend any readers who haven't yet acquainted themselves with this estate to try a few bottles."
2. The importer, Peter Weygandt, adds that "Given the life Pierre imbues upon the wines, they are as stable as Premier Cru Burgundy and age for nearly as long in many cases. They are, nevertheless, utterly "gluggable" upon release."
3. Mr Weygandt refers to Pierre-Marie Chermette as a "masterful 5th generation grower". Given how long his family's been at it, you'd assume they've honed their craft quite nicely.
Seems like an oenophile's hat trick if you ask us. There's that, and it's ready to drink.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches is showing very well, exhibiting an inviting bouquet of black raspberries, spices, candied peel and peonies. On the palate, it's full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with a deep and concentrated core of fleshy fruit that largely conceals the wine's tannins. This is another terrific effort from Chermette in this gourmand, attractively immediate vintage. Drink 2020-2035.
To my palate, some of the cuvées reviewed here number among the finest values that can be found in French wine, and I warmly recommend any readers who haven't yet acquainted themselves with this estate to try a few bottles. " Aug 2019
Importer: "Given the life Pierre imbues upon the wines, they are as stable as Premier Cru Burgundy and age for nearly as long in many cases. They are, nevertheless, utterly "gluggable" upon release. The wines of Vissoux are a fascinating study in terroir, tradition and talent, with the pricing more befitting a wine half as great.
I search out wines as naturally made as possible, but only if this contributes to the wine being better. Domaine du Vissoux may just be the most perfect expression in my whole portfolio of what I seek, for this very ability to be natural and great, at once. A masterful 5th generation grower, Pierre has maintained the strict traditions of his ancestors and of the region, with more tenacity than most."
Winery: "Moulin à Vent is called King of Beaujolais. This is the Cru with the longest cellaring potential and which is closest to its Burgundian neighours. As it ages, it is sometimes said to “pinote”. This cuvée is the expression of the alliance between finesse and power. The aromatic palate is wide, going from very ripe small red berries through spice to mineral notes. The three different plots of vines we use for this cuvée give a wine that is full and balanced: Rochegrès give finesse, Roche Noire liveliness and fruit while La Rochelle contributes power.
Color: Deep, shiny, limpid ruby with crimson tints: very thick legs.
Nose: Intense with red fruit scents that include raspberry, cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant, partnered by hints of violet and iris.
Mouth: Refined and racy with a full rounded and fleshy juicy fruit attack. Mellow, creamy tannins give a suave, velvety texture. Great complexity of flavors.
Food and wine pairings: All meats and poultry. It’s a great partner to dishes with morel mushroom and camembert or matured Saint Marcelin cheese."
|Aging||6 months, 50% in tuns & 50% in oak barrels, 1-5 years old|
|Region||Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais, France|