Macon Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne, Domaine Guffens-Heynen 2016

RegionBurgundy
SubregionMaconnais
ColourWhite
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The fireworks really begin with the 2016 Mâcon-Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne, a fabulous wine that bursts from the glass with aromas of citrus zest, white flowers, wheat toast and oystershell. Broad but incisive, it's full-bodied, racy and multidimensional on the palate, with satiny texture and a long, electric finish. The combination of concentration with vivacity is masterful. This cuvée hails from parcels high on the slope that were harvested in multiple picks between the October 2 and 12—and having followed it from grape to bottle, I can attest that it's tasted fantastic at every step of the way. Drink 2018-2035.

Domaine Guffens-Heynen is one of the great domaines of Burgundy. Ample but incisive, concentrated but weightless, Guffens's wines represent the apotheosis of a grape and a place. To say they are the equal of the wines of Puligny-Montrachet or Meursault would be to do them a disservice, because they're all too frequently better.

Score: 94William Kelley, Wine Advocate (238), August 2018

The 2016 Mâcon-Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne comes from parcels on top of the slope and picked over several tries. It has a taut and well-defined bouquet with yellow plum, nectarine, mint and light aniseed scents, closed at first but opening nicely with aeration. The palate is ripe and rounded on the entry with pineapple and light nectarine nose, good weight and yet the finish just loses a little cohesion when you seek more focus. Nevertheless, this is a very capable Mâcon-Pierreclos. Tasted at Farr Vintners Verget/Guffens-Heynan tasting.

Score: 89Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2019

The Tri de Chavigne is a step up in concentration and intensity over the regular “Le Chavigne”, revealing an incipiently complex bouquet of caremelized lemon, musk melon and smoke, framed by light reduction. On the palate, the wine is textural and incisive, its elegantly glossy attack underpinned by a taut line of acidity, its flavorful finish closing with chalky grip.

Score: 92William Kelley, Decanter.com, January 2018

Bright yellow-green color. Deep, musky, very rich scents of peach, ripe nectarine and noble herbs. Densely packed and very rich (nearly 14% alcohol here!) but youthfully tight, with bulletproof stone fruit flavors currently kept under wraps by strong acidity that Guffens partly attributes to the concentrating effect of a bit of botrytis. This very fine-grained wine finishes with slow-building length and terrific spicy lift, with no sign of the substantial alcohol.

Score: 91Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, November 2017

The fruit is ripe the nose has richness depth the palate is creamy buttery with pineapple and pears. Mid freshness the rich fruit is underpinned by apple the back palate has lime and flint but it fills out on the finish with a rich mix of fruits. 2019-25

Score: 94Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2017

In 2016 Jean-Marie Guffens made an easy-drinking cuvée called "En Crazy" from the young vines and press wine of the other cuvées. He also made "Le Chavigne", which is a blend of different parcels picked around 30th September, as well as some press wine. However this cuvée - "Macon Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne" is sourced only from the parcels of vines on the highest part of the slopes which were picked in several "tris" between October 2nd and 12th. This is a very concentrated wine that reminds Jean-Marie of the 2010 vintage thanks to its combined richness and high acidity. Pale lemon in the glass, there are notes of struck flint and citrus zest underneath creamy, buttery stone fruits on the nose. The palate has good zip from the acidity, but this only serves to moderate rich, honeyed fruits and notes of freshly-buttered toast. Generous and round, this is gorgeous now, but that underlying acidity and savoury length hint at the potential to improve over the next 2 years.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2018

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