2004 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) Cuvée traditionelle Beaujolais vieilles vignes
$13. Imp: Weygant-Metzler, Unionville, PA. 12% abv.
Before popping this wine in the fridge for a quick cool down, I opened it up and poured a small amount for Lill and I as I usually do. The nose was completely mute, it was thin, and the taste was all “I’ll take The Big Shrill for $400, Alex”. After 30+mins of air time, the wine in the glass (at roughly 72oF) was still muted and highly acidic but that didn’t stop me from pouring some from the chilled bottle (now at 60oF). What a transformation. The chilled wine bursts with wonderfully ripe cherry, strawberry, stone, and tobacco leaf aromas. The flavors are subtle, elegant fruit with light earth, the balance is exquisite, and it wraps up with a lengthy, lip-smackingly tart finish. This went from a potential sink dump to a fairly serious (and very yummy) Beaujolais.