THE TERRIORS OF BEAUJOLAIS …
Friday 8th November Tasting – Red Hill Store from 4 to 7pm
We all want to drink great burgundy, but only a few of us (and I’m not one of those few) can manage it, except for the generosity of friends. Beaujolais is, in so many ways, the new frontier, and as a region it has risen to the occasion with some of the most terroir-driven, thought-provoking wines.
Today we will be tasting a rock-star producer and a prodigy: Domaine Borland and Pierre-Marie Chermette (Domaine du Vissoux). These are minimal intervention producers that shed a floodlight on the various Cru of Beaujolais. They make compelling wines from what is now a hot-ticket appellation. If we don’t grab Beaujolais now, we’ll be left wondering why we didn’t while it was still affordable. Food for thought …
Tasting line up – a tour of Beaujolais …
2018 Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Les Griottes $34
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) … light-bodied and cherry-fruited with reach-for-another-glass deliciousness.
2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Origine Vieilles Vignes $38
… a considerably deeper, plumper, silkier wine than the entry-level Griottes: the 2017 is a smoky and juicy dark cherry-and-raspberry-noted wine with sappy freshness and a nice, crunchy finish.
2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Poncié $55
Chermette’s Poncié cuvée–drawn from a beautiful 4.5-hectare site of 45-year-old vines on pink granite soils–delivers Chermette’s most seductive and graceful cru bottling (especially when young)… seductive Gamay with the classic Fleurie iris-violet floral scents, along with waves of sappy black raspberry and ripe peach skin notes.
2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Saint-Amour Les Champs-Grillés $64
a stunningly delicious wine with perhaps more density and drive than the classic Saint-Amour stereotype. Combining the suppleness of this growers’ Fleurie and the intensity of its Moulin-à-Vent, there’s mouthwatering aromas and flavours of peony, red and black cherry and nettle, all balanced by superfine tannins. Vissoooooh.
2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin à Vent Les Trois Roches $64
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. JAMES SUCKLING
And from Daniel Bouland ‘s stunning 2018 vintage ...
All of Bouland’s wines undergo natural, 100% whole-bunch fermentation, in the classic, Beaujolais, semi-carbonic style; before ageing mostly in large, neutral oak. All the wines are bottled without fining and only a light filtration. The result of this simplicity results in country wines of great character, quality and deliciousness. And remarkable value in the context of great Burgundy. Buy what you can.
2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Délys $55
As always, this is likely to be Bouland’s most age-worthy wine and it is seriously great in 2018. Again very Burgundian in texture but now more brambly, bloody and mineral, with ripe red and blackberry fruit and wonderful, sappy, smoky, nettle-y spice. Super refined and long with the finish offering all kinds of florals and exotic spice. A truly superb Morgon that again demands a Burgundy glass.
2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes (Sable) 2018 $55
Sable means sand, and this is based on two sandy parcels of vines planted in 1926, so truly a Vieilles Vignes cuvée. This is simply stunning, fleshy yet driven, with ripe, oozing fruit–blood plum and blackcurrants and blood. It offers the most Burgundian texture of the pack but of course there is the wonderful cut and thrust of old-vine Morgon. In the context of modern Burgundy this is an unbelievable bargain.
Don’t miss it … Red Hill store today from 4.30 to 7pm. All very welcome and not charge!
*10% OFF ALL FEATURED WINES WHILE ON TASTING*
* All wines extremely limited. While stock lasts