Domaine du Vissoux

France, Bourgogne, Beaujolais

 

2 Stars Revue du Vin de France

 

Sustainable


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.  A masterful 5th generation grower, Pierre has maintained the strict traditions of his ancestors and of the region, with more tenacity than most.  Despite fashions changing, Pierre has, for his entire life, adhered only to the classic methods handed down from his family. This means farming in sustainably a manner as is possible, only using indigenous yeasts for every wine, long fermentations and making whole-cluster (semi-carbonic) wines in the old foudres built by his great-grandfather. Pierre Chermette’s yields are so low and the grapes so naturally ripe that he does not chaptalise.  The wines are bottled with little or no filtration and the addition of no sulfur or very little depending on the cuvée.  Given the life Pierre imbues upon the wines, they are as stable as Premier Cru Burgundy and age for nearly as long in many cases.  They are, nevertheless,  utterly "glugable" upon release. The wines of Vissoux are a fascinating study in terroir, tradition and talent, with the pricing more befitting a wine half as great. 

 

www.chermette.fr


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Nature NV Chardonnay 15 years Limestone-clay Sustainable
Beaujolais Blanc - Chardonnay Chardonnay 15 years 3 plots: granite, siliceous-clay, limestone-clay Sustainable
Les Griottes Beaujolais Rosé Gamay 25 years Quartz-clay   Sustainable
Beaujolais Primeur "Pierre Chermette" Gamay 25 years 2 plots: dark granite soil and limestone-clay soil Sustainable
Beaujolais Primeur Cuvee V.V. Gamay 35-85 years Dark granite soil Sustainable
Beaujolais "Pierre Chermette" Gamay 25 years 2 plots: dark granite soil and limestone-clay soil Sustainable
Beaujolais Villages "Traditionnelle V.V." Gamay 35-85 years Dark granite soil   Sustainable
Coeur de Vendanges Gamay 100 years Granite soil Sustainable
Brouilly "Pierreux" Gamay 30 years Granitic scree from Mont Brouilly  Sustainable
Fleurie "Poncie" Gamay 35 years Pink granite soil Sustainable
Fleurie "Les Garants" Gamay 35 years Pink granite soil Sustainable
Moulin à Vent "Les Trois Roches" Gamay 40 years Manganese-rich subsoil Sustainable