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2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Les Griottes

2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Les Griottes

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$191.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Beaujolais
2017
750ml
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$191.94
Beaujolais
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • THE BRIEF
  • Les Griottes means 'the small cherries' in reference to the grove of cherry trees that flank the vineyard. Vissoux's entry cuvée is drawn from 20 to 40-year-old vines grown on dark, granite soils around the Chermette homestead in Saint-Vérand (central Beaujolais).

    The winemaking here has remained unchanged during Pierre-Marie Chermette's tenure, with traditional whole bunch, semi-carbonic ferment in concrete tanks and then maturation in tank and ancient oak casks. The difference with this wine, in comparison to the other wines made this way, is a shorter maceration (four or so days) and less time in vats. The aim here is to produce something light-bodied and cherry-fruited with reach for another glass deliciousness. And that's precisely what the 2017 delivers. An effortlessly silky yet juicy, red-fruited wine with some gentle spice and a tad more texture than last year's (already delicious) wine.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • “His crus would be quite at home at a three-star restaurant”
    Jacqueline Friedrich, The Wines of France

    “From his base in southern Beaujolais, Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality…”
    David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

    “Few Beaujolais growers are in a position to pronounce on the region’s different terroirs with the authority of the affable Pierre Chermette...”
    Andrew Jefford, The New France

    The late Marcel Lapierre once said of Beaujolais, “Ça se bois sous la douche.” (It’s a wine you can drink under the shower). While this captures the simple deliciousness of much Beaujolais, it doesn’t do justice to the wines being produced by the finest artisans like Pierre-Marie Chermette. Of the wines of Domaine du Vissoux it would be more likely to say, “Il est trop bon pour être bu sous la douche!” It’s too damn good to be drunk in the shower!

    Beaujolais can be the most joyful, compelling and life-affirming of wines. Yet in the hands of a master it can also be a wonderfully refined, long-lived Burgundy. Domaine du Vissoux is a producer capable of fashioning such wines. This is why their wines can be found in many of France’s finest restaurants and why Vissoux remains the highest-rated Beaujolais producer in the leading French wine guide, Les Meilleurs Vins de France.

    Owners Pierre-Marie and Martine Chermette were among the first in Beaujolais to use sustainable agricultural practices, shunning the use of any chemicals in the vineyard and encouraging as much life in the soil as possible. They prune hard to keep yields low, harvest by hand when the grapes are fully ripe and regularly carry out ‘green harvests’ to further reduce the yields and ensure full ripeness for the harvest. The wines are made with minimal intervention: wild yeasts, minimal sulphur additions and no filtering if possible. Ageing is in traditional up-to-the-ceiling, neutral oak casks.