2019 Quintaine Domaine Émilian Gillet
The 2019 Viré-Clessé Quintaine, which comes from active limestone soils, had been bottled just three weeks prior to my visit and will be commercialised next year. It offers enticing elderflower and white peachy scents on the well-defined nose. It is gentle at first but gains intensity with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, slightly honeyed in texture with dried apricot, peach and a touch of ginger. The 2019 has fine length and tension on the finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Nov 2021)
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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.
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