2011 Sélection EJ Thévenet Domaine de la Bon Gran
Mushroom, creamed butter, quince and peach. Palate is rich with bright acid, ripe stone fruit, grip and balance, full flavoured with truffle and mushroom complexity. L&S (Nov 2016)
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Lively and rich with some hazelnuts and real depth. Very difficult to spit this! Pure pleasure. Rich baked-apple flavours. Drinking range: 2015 - 2020 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
One of two Viré-Clessés shown at the tasting, which might look like overkill, but not when you've tasted them (see also Domaine Emilian Gillet). Both have a degree of opulence, but this six-year-old much more so. The nose is still floral, but also nutty and buttery and the palate is intense and powerful with a rich nougatine maturity kept fresh by laser-cut acidity. Rating: 91 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
The 2011 Viré-Clessé Quintaine Cuvée E.J. Thevenet comes from vines on Oxfordian limestone soils and is the one to go for if you like to keep your Mâconnais dry and without residual sugar. It has an absolutely divine bouquet that can barely contain its heady perfume of orange blossom, peppermint and wild fennel, just a smear of dried honey on top and maybe even a hint of truffle. This is so nuanced but, at the same time, very complex. The palate is well balanced with lemongrass and orange rind, marmalade surfacing midway through the experience. The acidity is very well judged and there is a very harmonious, almost Condrieu-like finish that has swagger and verve. What are you waiting for?...Grab some bottles. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)
A superb nose of honeycomb, buttered apples and field mushroom. Textural, intense; dimension and power with cool acids. Several years away from revealing all its potential. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 93 William Kelley (Jun 2017)
Domaine de la Bon Gran
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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