2016 Pascal Bonhomme Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes, Macon (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Macon
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Review Score: 92WA, 90V, 90WS
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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From vines that are more than 60 years of age, the 2016 Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes wafts from the glass with notes of mandarin oil, Meyer lemon, white flowers and honeycomb. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with chewy extract and a firm core, balanced by juicy acids. While it's approachable now, Bonhomme argues that his wines are at their best with six or seven years of bottle age, and I agree. This Vieilles Vignes bottling is matured in barrels, of which a mere handful are new each year.

92 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors energized by saline minerality. A distinctly more robust style of wine than the entry-level bottling, and ultimately less about fruit. Finishes firm and long, with lovely cut and lemony precision. In fact, a tad spiky today and in need of a couple years in bottle to harmonize. Bonhomme told me that his minimum for "vieilles vignes" is 60 years.

90+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Nov 2017)

Sleek and polished, this white shows peach, apple and spice flavors. Shows grain to the texture, finishing with light tannins. Drink now through 2021. 75 cases imported.

90 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Jul 2018)