2017 was a great vintage for Pirolette. They had no hail, and although they harvested in late August, the same as 2015, the yields were much higher than 2015 and the resulting wines were not as concentrated. The 2017 Saint Amour is bounding with juicy raspberry fruit. It's full of energy with great minerality and silky tannins. Saint Amour has the most diverse geology of all of the Cru Beaujolais. Pirolette is distinct because the vineyards are near the top of the hill, where you have very little top soil and very good drainage. The vines average 65 years-old. Total production averages 35,000 bottles.

91 points
"Dark ruby. Intensely perfumed dark berry, cherry liqueur and licorice scents, along with suggestions of pungent flowers and smoked meat. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering ripe blackberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that pick up a spicy quality on the back half. Finishes very long and subtly sweet, with chewy tannins coming in late. Give this one some air or, better yet, at least a few years of patience."
Josh Reynolds,
Vinous Media
, October 2019

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