2015 Quintaine Domaine Émilian Gillet
The 2015 Viré-Clessé Quintaine is lovely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of honeyed peaches, almond paste and exotic top notes of beeswax and coconut. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and powerful, more muscular than the 2014, with considerable concentration and succulent balancing acids, concluding with a long finish. Despite its large-scaled format, it's beautifully balanced, even elegant. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 Rating: 92+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Aug 2018)
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Domaine Émilian Gillet
Jean Thévenet is a legend in these parts and thankfully still pops up whenever we visit the cellar to taste. However it is Gautier, his son who has been running the domaine now for some time. The handover of knowledge and practices has been complete and the domaine continues to blaze a trail. The wines are fabulous, hand-crafted beauties, with extraordinary texture, complexity and impact. The Thevenet family continue to conjure up magic here in this corner of the Maconnais. From old vines the comes impeccable fruit - some picked quite late in the season - it then undergoes very long slow fermentations that gentlly bubble on for weeks and it is this controlled approach which brings so much to the wines. These are esoteric but not odd - just fantastically enjoyable drinking that punch well above their weight.
Here are a dozen wines we absolutely loved from our Anniversary tasting celebrating 30 years of Lea & Sandeman. These were all tasting beautifully on the night and the selection has everything you could possibly want; from deliciously drinkable 2014 Bordeaux, to an Alsace field blend, to Spain's wondrous old vine but 'new wave' red - there's never been a better time to explore the L&S range (and free delivery too).
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