The Secret is Out! A 92 Point White Burgundy Bargain

Verget fans will remember that last year, Jean-Marie Guffens launched a new cuvée with the release of Lieu Secret 2018. It sold out in just a few hours. The 2019 vintage has just been released and the good news is that it has been awarded a whopping 92 point rating from the Wine Advocate - a score that many a Premier Cru Meursault would be very pleased to receive! The even better news is that it is a real bargain - just £160 per doz in bond - and we liked it so much that we have had some magnums and jeroboams produced (if you are quick).

Domaine Guffens-Heynen produces its flagship wine from the Chavigne vineyard in the Mâcon village of Pierreclos. There is also one other grower with vines in the same vineyard, situated right next to Jean-Marie’s. He has now come to an agreement with this viticulteur to pick both sets of grapes but, as he doesn’t own the land, the resulting wine has to come under the Verget (négociant-eleveur) label. As he doesn’t want anyone to know which of his neighbours owns these vines, the actual site (or lieu in French) must remain a secret.

When we tasted Lieu Secret 2019 from barrel we had no hesitation in buying the entire production and this has now been bottled (screwcaps for bottles, diams for magnums and double magnums) and shipped.

Not only is this wine a world exclusive for Farr Vintners, but it is amazing value for money at just £160 per dozen bottles in bond.

Minimum Order – 1 case / 1 jeroboam
This wine is in stock, immediately available for delivery

2019 Macon Pierreclos Lieu Secret, Verget

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As usual, the 2019 Mâcon-Pierreclos Lieu Sécret originates in the only part of lieu-dit Le Chavigne that Guffens doesn't own himself, but his neighbor refuses to sell the vineyard, consenting only to sell the grapes. Offering up aromas of pear and crisp orchard fruit, framed by a touch of toasty oak, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and muscular, with a concentrated core of ripe fruit, succulent acids and a nicely defined finish.

92 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate

This wine comes from the village of Pierreclos, more precisely from a plot called “En Craz” which is next to Domaine Guffens' “Chavigne” holdings. Verget’s own team picks all the grapes to produce this special cuvee only for Farr Vintners. The wine was totally vinified in barrels with 25% new oak. The fermentations ended at the end of December. The wine barrel ageing continued for 8 months with some bâtonnage. Smoky, leesy and rich on the nose, with creamy citrus and stone fruits. The palate is oily and ripe, with orange curd and mandarin layered by fresh white peach. This is silky and seductive, with tropical hints cut by refreshing acidity. Long, smoky and generous through to the finish, this is another outstanding expression of the "Lieu Secret".

16.5 points, Farr Vintners

Minimum Order – 1 case / 1 jeroboam
This wine is in stock, immediately available for delivery