Wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet green orchard fruit, white peach and almond paste, the 2018 Mâcon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne is medium to full-bodied, ample and lively, with a fine spine of acidity, good concentration and considerable elegance. 89-91+ points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Diam. The Chavigne Pierreclos vineyard lies on a very steep slope of rich brown clays with countless small stones. Although several high-profile growers also farm here, it’s a vineyard that has rightly come to be synonymous with Guffens. The Guffens parcel—accounting for 3.3 hectares—is planted at a density of 11,000 vines per hectare and yields 300-400g of fruit per vine (just six to eight bunches). In his excellent reference, Inside Burgundy, Jasper Morris MW writes of this vineyard: “Pierreclos is at the crossroads between Mâconnais and Beaujolais … there are good reds to be had here, as well as exceptional whites from Domaine Guffens-Heynen.”
This wine is a blend of fruit from old vines simply called Les Vieilles, plus a parcel from the site’s younger vines, and some press wines from the Tri de Chavigne, all raised in 20% new oak. The 2018 is a ripe yet driven wine loaded with pithy grapefruit notes and a cool, racy, rocky close.