The 2016 Beaujolais “Origine” Vieilles Vignes from Pierre-Marie Chermette (which is the new name for the Cuvée Traditionelle) is outstanding, offering up great purity and depth on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is characteristically primary today, offering up superb possibilities in its mix of red and black cherries, cranberries, nutskin, gamebird, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a youthful touch of pepper in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a rock solid core, excellent soil signature, outstanding focus and balance and a very long, modestly tannic and still quite primary finish. Great juice that is certainly approachable today, I would opt to tuck away Monsieur Chermette’s 2016 Origine bottling for three or four years and really let it blossom properly with a bit of bottle age! 2020-2040.
Vivid magenta. Sharply focused and pure on the nose, displaying fresh raspberry and cherry scents, along with a suave floral overtone. Vibrant, mineral-tinged red berry and Asian spice flavors show impressive clarity and floral lift. Smooth, sappy and seamless on the penetrating, gently tannic finish, which hangs on with outstanding mineral- and spice-driven persistence. (JR)
The cherry and bark aromas are fresh and enticing. Medium body, light tannins and bright acidity. Fresh and flavorful. Holding on nicely for a primeur. Formerly Domaine du Vissoux. Drink now
The 2016 Beaujolais Cuvée Traditionnelle was matured for four to six months in oak tuns. It has an engaging, undergrowth-tinged bouquet that is complex for a Beaujolais, hints of bay leaf and loam infusing the black fruit. The palate is well balanced with smooth tannin, finely poised with a precise, quite feminine and elegant finish. Excellent.(NM)
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