Late harvested but fermented totally dry, so that the initial attack of rich honeyed fruit might seem to be sweet, but in fact is balanced by an almost perfect mineral acidity in this vintage. Both floral and honied, this drinks beautifully.
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Light yellow-gold. Sexy aromas of pear, melon, peach, jasmine and smoky minerals. Supple, deeply concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors are enlivened by a note of orange peel and slow-mounting minerality. The finish strongly echoes the mineral, smoke and pit fruit qualities and hangs on tenaciously. This wine benefits enormously from aeration so decant it or give it few more years in the cellar.
92/100 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Frankly, even though this could keep we’re not sure we’d have the will power. An intriguing, aromatic, almost oriental-spice infused nose is punctuated by delicate primrose notes. A stunning Burgundian Chardonnay. Striking honeyed tones from the late-harvesting of wine, but fermented completely dry, this is fresh with a funky, aromatic, mineral streak.
Baked apples and real interest. Firm and dense and round and a real please-all. Look at that age! It must mature at a snail’s pace (as my botrytised 1983 from this address showed recently). Exceptional in every way. Fairly low acid. 2009-2013
16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Their top cuvée. Lots of orange on the nose, rich and a little nutty. Even more orangey on the palate but wonderfully crisp with a sour grapefruit freshness on the finish. A wine to be drunk and drunk slowly and thoughtfully. Hugely distinctive and finely balanced. Incredibly youthful. 2009-2020
17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com
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Jean Thévenet's original and flagship domaine, in which he makes wines which are rich and ripe and are given no oak at all, and yet which still manage to be the most complex and satisfying wines of the Maconnais. The main cuvée we ship is his top 'dry' cuvée, called 'Sélection EJ Thévenet', which is now called Viré-Clessé. He also makes tiny quantities of the highly sought-after Cuvée Levroutée, a late-harvest just touched by botrytis with the constitution and depth of a Montrachet, and infinitesimal amounts of his Cuvée Botrytis, a fully sweet Sélection des Grains Nobles style. Organic production.
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