Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne 2020


“The 2020 Mâcon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne is composed entirely of free-run and first-press juice this year, and perhaps that’s why it’s quite so good. Wafting from the glass with notes of citrus oil, crisp green apple, iodine, white flowers and smoke, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and chiseled, with a racy spine of acidity and a long, mineral finish.” 91-93 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

The Chavigne Pierreclos vineyard lies on a very steep slope of rich brown clays with countless pierrailles, or small stones. Of all his vineyards, “I love Mâcon-Pierreclos, the most,” Guffens told us, “because it was our very first vineyard and no one wanted it because it was too steep.”

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.”

The 2020 Chavigne was crafted from the first juices from the vineyard’s younger vines, which are still a good 30 years old on average. This year, Jean-Marie mixed the aging of this cuvée, half in barrels and half in concrete vats. This was a question of underlining the aromatic intensity and the texture, while preserving the freshness and the energy of his superb raw materials.

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