Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Vire Clesse Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2019
This is an absolutely stellar wine from an area in Burgundy that many people overlook. Very clean and pure on the nose with aromas of lemon, pear, quince, and a hint of wildflower honey. There is a saline edge to the nose as well. On the palate the bright acidity balanced by a hint of wood on the back palate. Great minerality and racy with flavors of quince, pear, citrus on the mid and back palate. Layered under all of that is a touch of pineapple and honey. This finish is long and dry. This would work nicely with a whitefish crudo or sashimi. Skate with beurre Blanc, rissole potatoes and haricots vert would also match well.
Produced from 60-65 year old vines grown on clay-limestone soils. 20% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel the rest is done in tank. 100% Chardonnay.
View from the Cellar
Pascal Bonhomme’s old vine bottling of Viré-Clessé is produced from sixty to sixty-five year-old vines and is raised in older Burgundy barrels, rather than stainless steel tanks, so it is quite a bit different in personality than the regular bottling. In the richer year of 2019, this is a marriage made in heaven, as the wine is really shining out of the blocks, offering up a deep and vibrant bouquet of pear, apple, a lovely base of chalky soil tones, almond, gently musky floral tones and a dollop of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and complex, with fine mid-palate depth, a very good girdle of acidity, impressive focus and grip and a long, beautifully balanced and classy finish. This is really very fine in 2019! 2021-2030.