About This Wine
The Mâcon-Bussières vineyard is located to the north of the Roche (rock) de Vergisson. Rooted on the rocky, south-facing slope, Le Clos is a small lieu-dit of Mâcon-Bussières and in top years Guffen's vinifies the oldest vines from this parcel as a separate cuvée. With more complexity and flesh than the wine above, 20% of the wine is naturally fermented and raised in Guffen's bespoke wooden barrels. It shows the generosity of the vintage with layers of pulpy fruit yet it remains archetypal Verget; seamlessly poised, perfumed and with great finesse from a year that favoured the Mâcon's cooler, mineral terroirs. There's aromas of flint, acacia, apricot blossom and ripe peach leading to a layered, textured palate threaded with mineral freshness and an earthy, savoury complexity that is pure heaven is such a generous wine. Another cracking, white Burgundy bargain.
Wines from Burgundy
A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.
Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.
The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.
In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production
When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.
Allen Meadows – Outstanding. Top Value. Here the wood treatment is more subtle on the cool, pure and layered combination of floral, pear and apple aromas. There is most evident minerality in the detailed and vibrant flavors that possess a refined mouth feel, all wrapped in a mildly austere, racy and citrus zest-inflected finish.