As I noted mentioned last autumn, the 2016 les Trois Roches from the Chermettes is one of the greatest young bottles of Moulin-à-Vent I have ever had the pleasure to taste! Six more months of evolution has not dampened my enthusiasm for this wine at all, as it is still utterly brilliant in its aromatic expression of black cherries, cassis, espresso, a very complex base of dark soil tones, woodsmoke, gamebird and a gentle topnote of exotic spices. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with great purity of fruit and transparency down to the soil, suave tannins and a very long, perfectly balanced and complex finish. A brilliant wine in the making. 2021-2060+
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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