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Vissoux Chermette Beaujolais Pierre Chermette 2014

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90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I have consistently loved Pierre Chermette's straight Beaujolais bottling, so I was dismayed to see it sealed up this year with a plastic cork. I know that most bottles of this are drunk up within a year of release, but it always has the depth and balance to age a decade, so why not give it a proper closure? The 2014 is utterly classic, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of cherries, sweet cranberry, woodsmoke, fresh herbs soil tones, a touch of nuttiness and a pungent topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full-bodied and really has lovely mid-palate stuffing this year, with tangy acids, excellent focus and balance and a long, primary and very serious finish. Lovely juice, but I would not age this more than a couple of years with its plastic cork. 2015-2017. (May/Jun 2015)

Region: France » Burgundy » Beaujolais

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Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux The art of making wine that reveals the grape A Child of Beaujolais Pierre-Marie Chermette was brought up in the vineyard of Saint Vérand, which is in the Pierres Dorées area. At the family table at Domaine du Vissoux, the white and red wines from their vines have given pleasure for generations. To complete his winemaking and vinegrowing e... Read more
Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux The art of making wine that reveals the grape A Child of Beaujolais Pierre-Marie Chermette was brought up in the vineyard of Saint Vérand, which is in the Pierres Dorées area. At the family table at Domaine du Vissoux, the white and red wines from their vines have given pleasure for generations. To complete his winemaking and vinegrowing education, Pierre-Marie studied oenology at the University of Dijon from which he graduated in 1980. He then came home and put his whole heart into the family estate. In 1982 he decided on a full quality control approach from the vineyard through to the marketing of his wines. His wife, Martine Chermette, has a Business School diploma from the Ecole de Commerce in Lyon. She has always loved nature and the good things it produces. So her passion naturally led her to getting involved in selling the wines crafted by her husband throughout the world. Both were keen to make wines from other parts of the Beaujolais region, so they acquired plots in Brouilly, Fleurie and Moulin à Vent, in the Northern part of the appellation, on granitic soils that are rich in mica and quartz. Making quality their key Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette were amongst the first in their region to use sustainable agricultural practices. They prune short to keep yields low, harvest by hand when the grapes are at their peak, and sometimes thin the bunches when they are still green to ensure full ripeness at picking. Over the years they have stayed true to their motto "quality before quantity". Pierre-Marie Chermette makes wines following Beaujolais tradition. Fermentation is natural, set off by the indigenous yeasts that are on the grapes. At bottling, minimal filtering allows the expression of each wine’s individual terroir. “With our eyes firmly fixed on the future, we invest in modern techniques while remaining true to our roots and tradition.” Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette seek excellence at every level, through daily efforts. They have perfected the art of making wine that lets the whole grape show through giving a different approach to Beaujolais. Read less

90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I have consistently loved Pierre Chermette's straight Beaujolais bottling, so I was dismayed to see it sealed up this year with a plastic cork. I know that most bottles of this are drunk up within a year of release, but it always has the depth and balance to age a decade, so why not give it a proper closure? The 2014 is utterly classic, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of cherries, sweet cranberry, woodsmoke, fresh herbs soil tones, a touch of nuttiness and a pungent topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full-bodied and really has lovely mid-palate stuffing this year, with tangy acids, excellent focus and balance and a long, primary and very serious finish. Lovely juice, but I would not age this more than a couple of years with its plastic cork. 2015-2017. (May/Jun 2015)

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