Vigneron: Pierrette et Marc Guillemot-Michel.
This is a new addition to the HG List, discovered at a biodynamic wine fair in Angers last spring. These guys have been practising Biodynamics since the 80's and walking through the vineyard you can see the benefits. The soil is happy, positively glowing it is so well oxegenated. Inbetween the vines the herbs growing encourage insects and micro organisms all year round. between the widely terraced vines which help the hand harvesting and mechanical upkeep. It is a luscious vineyerd and the wines are luscious too. Bursting with fruit, clarity, depth, strength and posise. This is true chardonnay. They make one wine only and I have never tasted a more pure definition of the king of grapes.
Address: SCEA De Quintaine
Clesse 71260, France
£15.55CLESSE (2010) - GUMCLE10
Domaine Guillemot-Michel, Macon Villages
Appellation Macon-Villages Controllee
Beautifully supple rich fruit driven Chardonnay that is a joy to drink on its own as well as with food. 100% biodynamic and been like that for 20 years! You can taste it, everything happens in the vineyard and then in the winery the grapes are just pressed and bottled, no oak. The acidity is balanced well so the complexity of the fruit shines forth. At face value it is a joy and the more you think about it the more complex it gets.