2017 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) Moulin-à-Vent "Les Trois Roches"

SKU #1414452 95 points James Suckling

 A super expressive, exultant nose with attractive, ripe strawberries, wild cherries and raspberries on offer. The palate has wildly attractive fruit presence with a very impressive air of purity and focus. Great length and detail here. Great wine. Drink or hold.  (1/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches is superb—and likely the king of the cellar chez Chermette this year—wafting from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of raspberries, potpourri, orange rind and rose petal. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and supple, with the most depth and amplitude of any wine in the portfolio and the most held in reserve, too. This is a fantastic expression of Moulin-à-Vent from one of Beaujolais’s greatest winemakers, and it comes warmly recommended.(WK)  (9/2018)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2017 bottling of les Trois Roches from Domaine Chermette is a touch lower in octane than the Saint-Amour from the estate, coming in at an even thirteen percent, and I assume this is a reflection of the vines lagging a bit ripening the bunches in an effort to repair their vegetation in the wake of the July hail. The wine is quite pure and shows no signs of hail, other than a touch less plushness than many 2017s, as it offers up a pure and black fruity bouquet of cassis, sweet dark berries, a touch of chicory, dark soil tones, a touch of fresh herbs, gamebird and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is fullish, focused and nicely balanced, with a good core, lovely mineral drive, moderate tannins and a long, complex and promising finish. This is approachable, but I would not touch a bottle for another four or five years and really let it start to blossom properly. (Drink between 2023-2055)  (2/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A blend of three parcels giving three different aspects of soil, this wine is firmly structured, still developing its tannins and solid fruit. The ripe black fruits are showing well, full of acidity and spice while the dry core is just beginning to soften. Drink from 2020.  (3/2019)


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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2019 | Send Email
Gamay is so good, it can be a little too "gluggable." However, when it comes to Moulin a Vent, my tone is more serious and I take my time to ponder what’s in my glass. The array of aromas that make Beaujolais so enticing are abundant in this wine, showing violet, cherry and red berries, but it’s the structure on the palate that kicks things up a few notches. This has backbone! With hints of iron (there's that mineral component), medium tannins, a spicy edge, and a persistent finish, this is very focused and clean. This has everything it needs to make it worthy of cellaring.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
Chermette is a name you'll want to put on your radar if you haven't already. I tasted this charming 2017 blind and was immediately taken by its compelling, aromatic, and fruit-forward approach. In many ways, it is reminiscent of a top-tier Southern Rhône red with its floral tones and earthy undercurrent. However, on the palate, and especially upon opening up, it is 100% Moulin-à-Vent. This 2017 has a sultry and seductive approach that makes it infinitely drinkable. This is an amazing wine in its youth, but there's little doubt it will only gain in complexity in the coming years. Add this gem to your collection and enjoy it again and again over the next ten years.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
I first experienced this wine by walking in on our buyer Alex Pross blind tasting a few staff members on it, having them make a guess as to what they thought it was. This wine really does throw you for a bit of a loop when you first experience it. The Beaujolais fruit is there, but with an underpinning of spice savory nose that if not expecting it could lead you down a path towards the Rhone. The palate is deep and complex with notes of red berries, raw meat, cracked pepper, and an almost floral finish. This is a wine that will change minds about this region and give it the respect it truly deserves!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
As good of a Gamay as you'll ever drink, this is an awesome bottle of wine. Fruit and black stone minerality dancing on the nose and palate with cassis muscling in throughout. The full-bodied approach and soft, round tannins will beg you to drink this juice now; but patience will definitely be rewarded with at least three to four years of development left in the bottle and a good decade of life all-in-all.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
The 2017 Domaine du Vissoux Pierre Marie Chermette Moulin-a-Vent "Les Trois Roches" is a beguiling wine. The aromas are simply stunning with hints of crushed geraniums, red fruits, exotic spice and a slight not of volcanic rock this wine hints at greatness merely from a whiff from the glass. The palate confirms it as it pulsates with electricity and vibrancy with flavors of red fruits, bitter chocolate and marzipan. A standout wine form the fabulous 2017 Beaujolais vintage!!
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

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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.
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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.