Chermette Saint Amour Les Champs-Grillés 2018


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Beaujolais, France

Wine Advocate 92+ points! Wine Spectator 91 points!

"I search out wines as naturally made as possible; but only if this contributes to the wine being better. Domaine du Vissoux may just be the most perfect expression in my whole portfolio of what I seek, for this very ability to be natural and great, at once. First natural. How's this: Pierre Chermette's yields are so low and the grapes so naturally ripe that he does not chaptalize. He uses only indigenous yeasts (no "banana yeast" culture). Then a traditional, longer fermentation, aging in Oak foudre and bottling for us with no filtration, and without adding any sulfites, in most vintages. It is as natural a Beaujolais as one could have had in a cafe´ in Lyon in the 1940's. As for quality, Domaine du Vissoux is the Beaujolais at Willi's Wine Bar in Paris, Cave la Grande, and just about every top Bar-A-Vin in Paris and Lyon. Combining tradition and modernity, Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette are fully committed to making flawless, authentic terroir wines; white, rose´ and red Beaujolais, Brouilly, Fleurie, Moulin a Vent, Cremant de Bourgogne and Cre´me de Cassis made using their own blackcurrants."--Importer Peter Weygandt

"The 2018 Saint-Amour Les Champs-Grillés is a serious wine, "not just for Valentine's Day," as Jean-Étienne Chermette observes. Revealing attractive notes of raspberries, rose petals and cherries, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and spicy, with a muscular chassis of fine, powdery tannins. As usual, it's a cuvée that stands to gain from a couple of years in the cellar. Drink 2020-2033."-William Kelley, Wine Advocate 92+ points!

"A bright medley of cherry, red currant and steeped raspberry notes is matched with accents of floral, anise and peach in this easy-sipping red, with spice and mineral details emerging on the lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2025. 150 cases imported."-- GS, Wine Spectator 91 points!

Enjoy Chermette Saint Amour Les Champs-Grillés over the next 6-8 years with roast chicken, grilled salmon, burgers, pasta and Thanksgiving turkey.

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