Domaine du Vissoux Martine et Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches 2011, Beaujolais, France

This Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches is a very complete wine. In fact, it comes from a winemaker with a very complete list of Beaujolais AOC, Primeurs, Crus, Crémants and even light spirits. It is nice to see somebody make something so well when he also makes many varying bottles.


On the Nose: Light wood, orchid and strawberry/raspberry/blueberry. The wood was perfect, the floral notes specifically orchid and the fruit ripe. Really good start. Into the Gulp; round and fresh burst of those red and blue fruits with steadfast tannins. Very satisfying balance of fresh and clean, floral and fruity with a structured side to it. Also, a hats off to the winemaker for not falling for the trap of trying to turn this Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches Gamay into a nondescript Burgundy Pinot.


Musical Match: From a musician who knows full well who she is and always manages to feature her straight forward and engaging spirit, this is Talking About A Revolution. Tracy Chapman’s confidence and vision are on display in this song, that blends nuances and anthems into four minutes of memorable music. The 2011 Domaine du Vissoux Martine et Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches strums its acoustic guitar (light wood), has a distinct voice (the orchid from the nose), is bright and ripe (like the fruit in the gulp) and comes from an artist with a long list of accomplishments (all those other wines he makes!). Enjoy… Its A Hit!


Special thanks to Inter Beaujolais for providing all transportation, hotels, meals and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of the Beaujolais wine region of France during a four day tour. The wine discussed in this blog entry was tasted during that promotional tour.

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