Pierre-Marie Chermette NV Crémant de Bourgogne Brut (6 Bottles) France

$309.00 GST Included


This dry sparkling wine is 100% Chardonnay from a single parcel of vines just north of the Chermette cellars at a place called Le Bois-d’Oingt. It’s a 2.5-hectare southwest-facing site on limestone/clay soil (perfect for Chardonnay).

The wine is aged for 18 months in bottle, minimum sulphur is used, the wine is not fined or filtered, and very little dosage liqueur is added (five grams per litre). Already the story is ahead of the vast majority of Champagne these days!

This shipment is a blend of 2016, 2017 and 2018 and is showing a creamier, lemon-curd intensity and more length than previous bottlings—perhaps due to the low yields and warmer vintages involved. There’s well pitched notes of pear, citrus, chamomile, toasted hazelnuts and subtle buttery brioche, while the palate is vinous and focused, balanced by stony acidity.

We love the fine, airy bubbles in this wine as well as its fresh, sculpted energy and finesse. If you don’t know the wine, do yourself a favour: French sparkling wine this impressive and at this price does not grow on trees.

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About Pierre-Marie Chermette

Pierre-Marie Chermette’s old vine, wild ferment, unchapitalised and unfiltered Beaujolais has been over-delivering since the ‘80s. In those first decades his wines helped raise the bar considerably and left a lasting influence on the region. Next year Pierre-Marie Chermette will vinify his fortieth vintage, and to this day his star continues to shine among the brightest in Beaujolais.

It’s rare to see Pierre-Marie without a smile on his face and similarly, this affable grower’s 2020s are crammed with the same kind of sparkle and joie de vivre that greets visitors to Chermette’s Saint-Vérand domaine. In particular, the lucid, succulent and red-fruited new vintage of Origine Vieilles Vignes is amongst the most tempting releases of this storied cuvée that we have shipped. The Cru wines too, are enchanting, yet not without gravitas: succulent, unmediated fruit shares the stage with lip-smacking punch and mineral lustre, all the while eloquently respecting the personality of each terroir. You could say that 2020 has got it all. These are bottles that Burgundy lovers should load up on—they deliver the pleasure of many a village-level wine for a fraction of the price. Enjoy.

Killer Beaujolais from 2020: “… Among the finest values that can be found in French wine,” [William Kelley]
★ ★ Domaines 2 Etoiles [Great Reference Domaines] “The wines produced by Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette (recently with their son Jean-Étienne) have virtually no equivalent. Their depth and definition place them above the rest.” La Revue du Vin de France

“Old vines, diligent but traditional vinification and élevage in foudre are the rudiments of the approach. To my palate, some of the cuvées reviewed here number among the finest values that can be found in French wine…” William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

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