2016 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) Beaujolais "Origine" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1340500 93 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Beaujolais “Origine” Vieilles Vignes from Pierre-Marie Chermette (which is the new name for the Cuvée Traditionelle) is outstanding, offering up great purity and depth on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is characteristically primary today, offering up superb possibilities in its mix of red and black cherries, cranberries, nutskin, gamebird, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a youthful touch of pepper in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a rock solid core, excellent soil signature, outstanding focus and balance and a very long, modestly tannic and still quite primary finish. Great juice that is certainly approachable today, I would opt to tuck away Monsieur Chermette’s 2016 Origine bottling for three or four years and really let it blossom properly with a bit of bottle age! 2020-2040.  (11/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Vivid magenta. Sharply focused and pure on the nose, displaying fresh raspberry and cherry scents, along with a suave floral overtone. Vibrant, mineral-tinged red berry and Asian spice flavors show impressive clarity and floral lift. Smooth, sappy and seamless on the penetrating, gently tannic finish, which hangs on with outstanding mineral- and spice-driven persistence. (JR)  (3/2018)

90 points James Suckling

 The cherry and bark aromas are fresh and enticing. Medium body, light tannins and bright acidity. Fresh and flavorful. Holding on nicely for a primeur. Formerly Domaine du Vissoux. Drink now  (2/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Beaujolais Cuvée Traditionnelle was matured for four to six months in oak tuns. It has an engaging, undergrowth-tinged bouquet that is complex for a Beaujolais, hints of bay leaf and loam infusing the black fruit. The palate is well balanced with smooth tannin, finely poised with a precise, quite feminine and elegant finish. Excellent.(NM)  (8/2017)

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 12