• Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2016

    Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2016

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    A beautiful French red for all of your summer sipping needs, the Pierre-Marie Chermettes Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches delivers stunning fruit in a layered package that includes floral notes, warm spice and just the right balance of zesty acidity, subtle minerality and smooth tannins. Make your favorite pesto and tuck it under the skin of a chicken which you'll then grill slowly on indirect heat. We call that our summer showstopper. Grilled sausages nestled in toasted rolls with arugula, pickled onions and a tarragon aioli are another favorite which pairs perfectly with this Moulin a Vent. You won't want to stop there, so be sure to have a ripe French Camembert on hand with a crusty baguette for your last course. C'est tout winelovers.

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "The 2016 Moulin à Vent Les Trois Roches is extremely elegant this year, opening in the glass with a pretty nose of cherries, pomegranate and sweet spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and perfectly balanced, with considerable understated amplitude, melting tannins and tangy underlying acids. Right now, it isn't the most demonstrative of Chermette's cuvées, but those who've experienced his reliably superb wines will recognize in its unerring harmoniousness a benchmark rendition of this cuvée. Cellar it for 2 or 3 years and watch it unfurl. Drink 2018-2028." May 2018

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "Brilliant magenta. Aromas of fresh cherry and blueberry are complemented by suggestions of violet, licorice and spicecake. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet, spice-accented dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that smoothly meld concentration and vivacity. Shows excellent clarity and mineral lift on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves notes of bitter cherry and five-spice powder behind. Drink 2022-2028." Mar 2018

    Winery:  "Appearance: Deep, shiny, limpid ruby with crimson tints: very thick tears (legs). Nose: Intense with red fruit scents that include raspberry, cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant, partnered by hints of violet and iris. Palate: 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 pairings: All meats and poultry. It’s a great partner to dishes with morel mushroom and camembert or matured Saint Marcelin cheese."

    Moulin a Vent: "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."

    Les Trois Roches Cuvee: "History of the cuvée: in 1994 we added the Rochegrès plot to our estate, in 2002 came the one in La Rochelle, which overlooks the famous old windmill (moulin à vent in French) that gave its name to the appellation, then we started buying grapes from La Roche East facing Rochegrès gives the wine finesse and supple tannins; south-east facing La Rochelle gives the cuvée its framework with power and depth while the Roche Noire grapes contribute liveliness and fruit. The manganese-rich subsoil endows nobility on the whole resulting in an ‘all round’ Moulin à Vent that may be enjoyed from now for its fruity side or cellared to mature for up to 10 years."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork                          
    Varietal 100% Gamay
    Alcohol 
    ~14.0%
    Aging 6 months, 50% in tuns, 50% in 1-5-yr old oak barrels
    Region Moulin a Vent, Beaujolais, France