John Gilman 95+
"Pierre-Marie Chermette's Fleurie "les Garants" is a stunning young example of the 2011 vintage, with an almost "meaty" character to the fleshy and bottomless fruit here that is truly exceptional. This is a classic 2011 Cru, with its concentration of fruit utterly transparent at the same time, rather than driven by ripeness that takes center stage over the base of soil tones. The Les Garants lieu a dit is a southwesterly-facing vineyard on pink granite flecked with both mica and quartz, and this superb base is the focal point of this lovely bottle, which was raised in ten percent new oak barrels and the rest in foudre. The stunning nose is very pure and sappy, but also classic and soil-driven in its aromatic melange of pomegranate, red plums, complex soil tones, fresh herbs (mostly redolent of mustard seed and lavender), raw cocoa, incipient notes of gamebird, a bit of youthful pepperiness and a whisper of cedar in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and stunning in its purity, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, moderate tannins, laser-like focus and absolutely stunning length and grip on the primary and very, very promising finish. This will be a great wine, and while it is a superb drink already (I finished the sample bottle in no time flat!) it would be an absolute crime to drink this wine before it has had at least a couple of years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers of complexity to emerge. This is brilliant Fleurie in the making! 2014-2035."
Wine Advocate 92
"The mostly large barrel-raised Chermette 2011 Fleurie Les Garants exhibits a more vivid as well as char-roasted red meatiness than its Poncie counterpart, mingling earthy beet root with its lusciously ripe plum and cherry. More pronouncedly marked by fruit pit piquancy; firmer in feel than the corresponding Poncie; and with intensely peppery impingement, this is altogether more backward ("typically," notes Chermette) but finishes with a striking sense of levity; incipient complexity, and outstanding sheer reach, cut and persistence. This outstanding value is apt to be irresistible between 2015 and 2020, but might well age with poise for longer."~DS
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In the hamlet of "Le Vissoux", that is the cradle of the family, is our wonderfully sited single stretch southwest facing vineyard.
Contrary to most of southern Beaujolais soil which is limestone-clay, the soil at Domaines CHERMETTE is granitic.
This specificity contributes to giving more structure to the wines made here that include: Beaujolais les Griottes, Cuvée Traditionnelle made using grapes from old vines and part of our white Beaujolais.
These wines are matured in our carefully preserved beautiful oak-tun lined vaulted cellar built by Pierre-Marie Chermette's great grandfather.