When we spoke just before harvest, not even the woeful form of his beloved Olympique Lyonnais was enough to dampen Pierre-Marie Chermette’s enthusiasm for his domaine’s 2022 release. Chermette’s wines from this year combine the vivacious drinkability of top-shelf Beaujolais with the depth, perfumed charm and seamless structure of a great year. If you’d like a comparison, the outstanding quality and balance of the 2019 vintage would be an excellent place to start, and perhaps 2012 before that. Not only are the wines crammed full of mouth-watering fruit and juicy freshness—from the soaring, flower-strewn perfume of Fleurie to the deep-set mineral tones of Moulin-à-Vent—but they are also highly typical of their site.For the uninitiated minority, Pierre-Marie Chermette’s old-vine, wild-ferment, unfiltered Beaujolais has been a benchmark since the ‘80s. In those first decades, his wines played a considerable role in raising the bar for the region; to this day, they remain at the very top. Unlike many great French wines, they are still well within the everyday-drinking price range. You’d be hard-pressed to find more dollar-for-dollar value in our portfolio. Bojo-heads should not hesitate.