Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Vire Clesse Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2019
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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.