Chermette

2013 "les Trois Roches" Moulin-a-Vent

Beaujolais France

$29.99

Domaine Vissoux Pierre-Marie Chermette is located in the Beaujolais sub-region of Burgundy.  The fruit for this "King of Beaugolais" cru comes from three rocky parcels of vines -- Rochegres, Roche Noire and Rochelle -- that average 40 years of age.  La Rocherre that overlooks the famous old windmill (moulin a vent in French that gives its name to the appellation) provides structure, the east-facing Rochegres contributes finesse and supple tannins while the Roche Noire grapes add liveliness and juicy fruit.  The result is a brilliant wine with exceptional density, perfect balance and length, a classic Gamay with soaring aromatics of black currant, ink, nettle and all sorts of spice that lead to a remarkably seductive, silky palate with fine mineral tannins that keep everything fresh and energetic. 

Here's what Josh Reynolds of Vinousmedia.com had to say about this gem: "Displays powerful cherry and cassis scents, along with hints of dry flowers and black tea.  Chewy, deeply concentrated black and blue fruit flavors brighten up with air and show excellent clarity, depth and energy.  Powerful yet blithe Beaujolais with finish punch and grip and dusty, slow-building tannins." 92 points. 12.5% WEY