Lots of oak, but not new (Domaine Vissoux, Beaujolais)

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Domaine du Vissoux, Saint Vérand, Beaujolais, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Domaine du Vissoux is the winery of Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette. It has long been one of the most well-known and quality conscious producers of Beaujolais. The name comes from the little hamlet, near the village Saint Vérand, where the winery is located in the southern part of Beaujolais in Burgundy (Bourgogne).

The winery has 25 hectares of vines. Almost all is planted with the traditional Beaujolais grape variety gamay (gamay noir à jus blanc). There are also two small plots of chardonnay for the (unusual) white Beaujolais wines.

The Chermettes couple also own vineyards in other parts of Beaujolais and makes a range of wines: apart from "normal" Beaujolais they also make Brouilly, Fleurie, Moulin à Vent, Crémant de Bourgogne (since 2009) and crème de cassis from blackcurrants.

The vineyards are farmed with an "eco-friendly" approach: The use a minimum of chemicals in the vineyards and do much of the crop control and soil management mechanically or by hand. Harvest is manual. In the wine cellar they use natural rather than cultured yeasts, try to keep chaptalisation to a minimum (sometimes not at all, they have a cuvée that is specifically not chaptalised) and use very little sulphur both in the vinification phase and at bottling. For the vinification they use "semi-carbonic" vinification with a shorter period under CO2 than in full carbonic maceration.

All images © copyright Per Karlsson, BKWine. Images may not be used without our permission.

Bourgogne Beaujolais Domaine Vissoux Chermette - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson


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