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2018 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) St-Amour "Les Champs-Grilles"

SKU #1521232 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Saint-Amour “Les Champs-Grillés” from Pierre Marie-Chermette is actually a touch lower in octane than his Coeur de Vendanges, as the wine comes in this year at 13.5 percent and is outstanding on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is deep, pure and very precise, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of red and black cherries, pomegranate, violets, dark soil tones, gamebird and a discreet topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, pure and rock solid at the core, with superb focus and grip, a bit of ripe backend tannin and a very long, very classy and complex finish. This is one of those 2018s that has a bit of tannin to resolve and will want a few years in the cellar to blossom properly, but will be truly stunning for many decades to come! (Drink between 2023-2050) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Saint-Amour Les Champs-Grillés is a serious wine, "not just for Valentine's Day," as Jean-Étienne Chermette observes. Revealing attractive notes of raspberries, rose petals and cherries, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and spicy, with a muscular chassis of fine, powdery tannins. As usual, it's a cuvée that stands to gain from a couple of years in the cellar. Jean-Étienne Chermette and his father Pierre-Marie reported that 2018 was an especially long harvest for them, due to the lag in maturity between the northern and southern Beaujolais, so they had to retain a team of pickers for fully five weeks. But that's the sort of dedication one expects from this family that renders wines from the southern Beaujolais that embarrass most of the supposedly nobler crus and whose renditions of the crus can compete with the best. Old vines, diligent but traditional vinification and élevage in foudre are the rudiments of the approach. The younger Chermette—who is launching a label of his own, reviewed in this issue—told me the the domaine has attained "terra vitis" certification since 2018, which is definitely a step in the right direction. To my palate, some of the cuvées reviewed here number among the finest values that can be found in French wine, and I warmly recommend any readers who haven't yet accentuated themselves with this estate to try a few bottles. Ironically, my least favorite wine is one of the estate's most expensive: the Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

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Outer quote mark Softly textured, ripe and and with attractive red-cherry fruits, this wine has a juicy quality that makes it refreshing and that balances the firmer tannins that give structure. Drink the wine from late 2020. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

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