The 2016 Moulin-à-Vent “les Trois Roches” from Pierre-Marie Chermette is flat out stunning! This is a young and very, very promising example of Moulin-à-Vent, offering up a superb aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, a touch of sweet dark berry, complex dark, granitic soil tones, a touch of chicory, beautiful spice tones and a deft framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full and beautifully transparent, with flawless balance, great depth at the core, laser-like focus and stunning backend energy and mineral drive on the very, very long, moderately tannic and tangy finish. This is not a blockbuster, but it is unquestionably the single finest example of Moulin-à-Vent that I have tasted from Monsieur Chermette, and I have been drinking his wines for a very, very long time!
Very attractive spiced strawberry and wild cherry aromas here. Pristine, fresh rose perfume, too. The palate has impressive cut and vibrant, ripe strawberry flavors, which hold in a tangy, juicy style.
The 2016 Moulin à Vent Les Trois Roches is extremely elegant this year, opening in the glass with a pretty nose of cherries, pomegranate and sweet spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and perfectly balanced, with considerable understated amplitude, melting tannins and tangy underlying acids. Right now, it isn't the most demonstrative of Chermette's cuvées, but those who've experienced his reliably superb wines will recognize in its unerring harmoniousness a benchmark rendition of this cuvée. Cellar it for 2 or 3 years and watch it unfurl. (WK)
Brilliant magenta. Aromas of fresh cherry and blueberry are complemented by suggestions of violet, licorice and spicecake. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet, spice-accented dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that smoothly meld concentration and vivacity. Shows excellent clarity and mineral lift on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves notes of bitter cherry and five-spice powder behind. (JR)
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