Weygandt Wine Events
Martine et Pierre-Marie Chermette
Domaine du Vissoux - Winemaker Visit!
May 13th and 14th, 2011
Please join Weygandt Wines as we welcome Beaujolais winemaking giants Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette of Domaine du Vissoux, as we host a tasting of their extraordinary 2009 vintage wines on Friday, May 13th at 6PM 'til 8PM, then again on Saturday, May 14th from 12PM 'til 3PM.
Domaine du Vissoux may just be the most perfect expression of naturally-made wine in the whole Weygandt Wines portfolio for the very ability to be natural, and great, at once. First natural. How's this: Pierre Chermette's yields are so low and the grapes so naturally ripe that he does not chaptalize. He uses only indigenous yeasts (no "banana yeast" culture, a la Duboeuf). Then a traditional, longer fermentation, aging in oak foudre and bottling for us with no filtration, and without adding any sulfites, in most vintages. It is as natural a Beaujolais as one could have had in a café in Lyon in the '40's. As for quality, Domaine du Vissoux is the Beaujolais at Willi's in Paris, Cave la Grande, and just about every bar-a-vin in Paris. The Chermette's reviews in the wine press also testify to this domaines relentless pursuit of quality and attention to detail.
The Wines . . .
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blancs NV - Beaujolais, France - 100% Chardonnay - 12% abv - Sustainable - Brims with tangerine, pineapple and lime. Exuberantly aromatic and vividly and lusciously citric, it is mouth-filling yet delicate, and finishes with a salt-tinged, saliva-inducing and invigorating savor.
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Blanc Cépage Chardonnay 2008 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Chardonnay - 12.5% abv - Sustainable - High-toned, ester-rich citrus and distilled pit fruit aromas; piquant nuttiness; and a soft, oily texture characterize Chermette's 2008 Beaujolais Blanc. There is a satisfying underlying chalkiness as well as excellent sheer length.
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais 2009 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Gamay - 12.5% abv - Sustainable - Dark purple. Pierre Chermette's basic bottling of Beaujolais is just superb in 2009 and has to be one of the very best red wine values to be found in the world of wine today. The bouquet is deep, sappy and vibrant, as it roars from the glass in a blend of black cherries, sweet cranberries, woodsmoke, lovely soil tones, a touch of raw cocoa and a bit of nuttiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, sappy and beautifully balanced, with excellent mid-palate depth, modest tannins, fine framing acids and impressive length and grip on the complex and palate-staining finish. Just a lovely, lovely bottle of Beaujolais. 2010-2020 - Rated 91 points, View from the Cellar
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Cuvée Traditionnelle Vieilles Vignes 2009 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Gamay - 12% abv - Sustainable - Bright violet. High-pitched, intensely perfumed aromas of spicecake, redcurrant and wild strawberry, plus a hint of white pepper. Racy, sappy and gently sweet, offering palate-staining red fruit preserve and candied rose flavors with hints of licorice and succulent herbs. Finishes on a gripping note of bitter cherry, with very good precision and length. Smells like a lot of ripe stems in here; fans of Dujac Burgundies should check this out. 2010-2025+ - Rated 93 points, View from the Cellar; 90 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Brouilly Pierreux 2009 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Gamay - 12.5% abv - Sustainable - Bright violet. Musky dark berries and singed plum on the nose, with complicating notes of anise, black tea and smoky herbs. At once rich and energetic, offering subtly sweet dark berry flavors supported by sound mineral spine. The anise note repeats on the long, sappy, refreshingly spicy finish. 2010-2040 - Rated 94+ points, View from the Cellar; 91 points, The Wine Advocate; 91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Poncié 2009 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Gamay - 13% abv - Sustainable - Bright purple. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, cherry pit, minerals, black pepper and musky herbs. Assertive red and dark berry flavors are lifted by zesty minerality, with the herb and mineral notes repeating. A touch of bitter cherry adds bite to the impressively forceful finish. The high altitude and southeasterly inclination encourages a sense of refreshment and energy that - for all of their manifest virtues - one often seeks in vain among Beaujolais's 2009s. 2010-2040+ - Rated 95 points, View from the Cellar; 91 points, The Wine Advocate; 91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar; 90 points, Wine Spectator
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Garants 2009 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Gamay - 13% abv - Sustainable - Vivid purple. The 2009 Fleurie "Les Garants" from Pierre-Marie Chermette was very much worth the wait, as this is a brilliant bottle of Fleurie in the making. The Poncie is cooler in personality though still full of energy, whereas the Les Garants is richer on the palate and more overtly (in this case) black-fruited.The bouquet is deep, pure and utterly stunning, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of cassis, black cherries, vinesmoke, a touch of espresso, gentle notes of currant leaf, a whiff of cinnamon and a great base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite plush on the attack, with stunning transparency down to the soil (and a very soil-driven personality for Fleurie!), a bit of ripe tannin, superb focus and grip and a very, very long, complex and seriously structured finish. This great bottle of Fleurie will have no difficulties aging thirty to forty years! 2013-2040+ - Rated 95 points, View from the Cellar; 92 points, The Wine Advocate; 90 points, Wine Spectator
Domaine du Vissoux/Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches 2009 - Beaujolais, France - 100% Gamay - 13% abv - Sustainable - Vivid purple. The Vissoux 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Les Trois Roches - named for the Rochegres, La Rochelle, and Roche Noire sites south of Chenas - smells of black raspberry, cherry, herbs and licorice, along with a sexy floral quality and building minerality. Juicy, palate-staining dark berry flavors show a refreshing bitterness, with nervy acidity providing lift. Seamless and silky in texture, finishing with very good grip and lingering floral and spice notes.2012-2035 - Rated 93+ points, View from the Cellar; 91 points, The Wine Advocate; 91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar; 90 points, Wine Spectator