In contrast to the Poncié bottling, the les Garants lieu à dit is located down in the section of Fleurie that borders on Moulin-à-Vent, and like the Coudert’s Clos de la Roilette, was actually once part of Moulin-à-Vent, rather than Fleurie. Monsieur Chermette gives this wine a bit of new oak, which works beautifully with the more structured personality of this cru, as it offers up a fine nose of black cherries, pomegranate, dark soil tones, gamebird, espresso and a touch of oak spice. On the palate the wine is deep, pure, full and potentially sappy at the core, with finegrained tannins, excellent focus and grip and a very long, poised and nascently complex finish.
The 2016 Fleurie Les Garants is a stunner from 35-year-old Gamay vines planted all in granitic soils. It shows a touch of stems in its black cherry and strawberry fruit, as well as background notes of smoked earth, flowers and leafy herbs. Seamless on the palate, with medium-bodied richness, vibrant acidity, and a pure, elegant style, it’s a screaming deal at the price and I suspect it will drink nicely for at least 7-8 years.
Vivid ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, candied violet and smoky minerals pick up a hint of allspice with air. Sweet and nicely concentrated, offering juicy boysenberry and blackberry flavors and a touch of licorice. Finishes sappy and smooth, showing excellent persistence, lingering spiciness and dusty tannins that sneak in slowly. (JR)
Bright and aromatic with crushed strawberries and raspberries. Medium-bodied, firm and fresh. Some chewy tannins and a flavorful finish.
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