2014 Quintaine Domaine Émilian Gillet
Natural honey, wax and quince with a touch of aniseed. Broad ripe and vivacious, crisp acid, then pear and quince, Apple and honey, touch creamy, great length. L&S (Nov 2016)
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An aromatic, full, nutty southern Burgundy with a floral perfume of jasmine and acacia and a richly textured palate with nougat sweetness and nuttiness cut by fresh green peach and spice. For all its breadth and nutty richness, it has an overriding purity and elegance. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
The 2014 Vire-Clesse Quintaine, which has seven to eight grams per liter residual sugar, has a pure and generous bouquet of acacia honey, hints of almond and peach, more accurately overripe peaches that are well defined. The palate is very well balanced, that acidity counterbalancing the richness in situ. It has a lovely, slightly viscous texture and a complex second half of white peach, apricot and a pinch of spice. It just seems to flow across the mouth. Personally, I would be inclined to serve this as a slightly chilled desert wine. This is outstanding. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)
Domaine Émilian Gillet
Jean Thévenet is now ceding control of the domaine to his son Gautier, who has gone into partnership with Olivier Girard, the better to manage the increase in vineyard area that has come from the addition of the Domaine de Roally. Jean says he is 'planning to spend more time in the vineyard'. With the change in the structure comes a change in the Emilian Gillet label (from 2006 vintage onward), which now incorporates Olivier and Gautier's names.
Last month we held our 2017 Annual Tasting at Trinity House. We were very pleased to see The Wine Gang were in attendance and even more delighted that they called the tasting 'a Pinot Noir paradise'. Here are a dozen of their favourites from the day.
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