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Vissoux Fleurie les Garants 2011

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Producer: "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. First natural. How's this: Pierre Chermette's yields are so low and the grapes so naturally ripe that he does not chaptalize. He uses only indigenous yeasts (no " banana yeast " culture, a la Duboeuf). Then a traditional, longer fermentation, aging in oak foudre and bottling for us with no filtration, and without adding any sulfites, in most vintages. It is as natural a Beaujolais as one could have had in a cafe in Lyon in the 40's. As for quality, Domaine du Vissoux is the Beaujolais at Willi's in Paris, Cave la Grande, and just about every Bar-A-Vin in Paris. Pierre Chermette and his wife Martine also have wines in two of the Cru." - Importer "Pierre Chermette has successfully expanded from his base in southern Beaujolais without quality in any way suffering; on the contrary his mastery of the northern Beaujolais crus is now also a fait accompli. With the new generation coming on and with lots of new plans, following these wines - which, of course, includes in your own cellar - is going to continue to be exciting. Prices have crept upward, but given the quality - not to mention the labors needed to achieve it - one can hardly complain..." - David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

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Domaine du Vissoux:
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

Producer: "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. First natural. How's this: Pierre Chermette's yields are so low and the grapes so naturally ripe that he does not chaptalize. He uses only indigenous yeasts (no " banana yeast " culture, a la Duboeuf). Then a traditional, longer fermentation, aging in oak foudre and bottling for us with no filtration, and without adding any sulfites, in most vintages. It is as natural a Beaujolais as one could have had in a cafe in Lyon in the 40's. As for quality, Domaine du Vissoux is the Beaujolais at Willi's in Paris, Cave la Grande, and just about every Bar-A-Vin in Paris. Pierre Chermette and his wife Martine also have wines in two of the Cru." - Importer "Pierre Chermette has successfully expanded from his base in southern Beaujolais without quality in any way suffering; on the contrary his mastery of the northern Beaujolais crus is now also a fait accompli. With the new generation coming on and with lots of new plans, following these wines - which, of course, includes in your own cellar - is going to continue to be exciting. Prices have crept upward, but given the quality - not to mention the labors needed to achieve it - one can hardly complain..." - David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.0%

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