As many of you will know, Jean-Marie Guffens is a genius producer of white wine. His Domaine Guffens-Heynen is irrefutably the greatest in the Mâconnais region. The wines he makes there are regularly rated at the same level as Grand Crus from the Côtes de Beaune that sell for many times the price.
It is less well known that Jean-Marie also owns an estate in the Luberon (just off the Rhône valley) and has recently purchased Château Closiot in Barsac.
In the excellent 2019 vintage, Jean-Marie had the slightly crazy idea (that’s a polite way of putting it) to produce a blend of the wines from his three Domaines and so Triangle de Guffens was born.
The wine is made from Chardonnay (first pressings of Pouilly Fuissé and Mâcon), Semillon (Barsac vinified dry), Viognier and Roussanne. It’s a mad blend - unique and fascinating. This is the ultimate wine to serve blind to your wine-loving friends! You will have so much fun watching them struggle to identify what it is.
Here’s a video of our very own Master of Wine, Thomas Parker, trying to describe this bizarre wine. If you know Thomas, you’ll know what a brilliant taster he is - so we love seeing him struggle with this!
The Wine Advocate's William Kelley recently tasted the wine too, and was greatly impressed, scoring it 93 points and praising its "satiny and seamless" texture.
Minimum Order – 12 bottles
Limited stock available for immediate delivery - more to follow later in the year.
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A blend combining Guffen's press wine from Domaine Guffens-Heynen, Sémillon from his Château Closiot in Barsac and Viognier from his Château de Tourettes in the Lubéron, the 2019 Vin de France Triangle de Guffens is a wine without precedent. Mingling aromas of yellow orchard fruit, pear, beeswax, dried white flowers and apricots, it's full-bodied, satiny and seamless, its enveloping core of fruit underpinned by lively acids. But perhaps what's most impressive is that no one of its constituents dominates the final blend. Bottled under screwcap, I suspect its longevity will surprise us.
93 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, 2021
This unique, alchemical wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Semillon, Viognier and Roussanne. Designated a Vin de France, the grapes come from Jean-Marie Guffens' three estates in the Maconnais, Barsac and the Luberon. Total production just 600 cases. The nose is a heady concoction of ripe peach and apricots, intermingling with blood orange, pithy lemons and yoghurt. There are palpable elements of all four varieties in the fragrant aromas. The palate starts with the peaches and cream of Viognier, bringing oily depth and fleshy fruit. There is textural weight and structure reminiscent of Roussanne and Semillon, before savoury, flinty notes add waves of Chardonnay, but again remind of Semillon. It is easy to get tied in knots between the varieties as you taste through this wine, flitting from one to the other as the kaleidoscopic flavours intermingle with the texture, acid and alcohol. This would be a real brute to serve blind, something we definitely intend to do! At its heart, it is a fleshy, sumptuous white that is ideally suited to drink over the next two years while the fruit is vibrant and powerful.
16.5 points, Farr Vintners