Perky and textured with ripe stone fruit, zesty sherbert and clear honey flavours together with underlying floral notes and wet stone mineral characters. A racy streak of lemony acidity conveys freshness and quivering tension. No oak, 100% stainless steel.
Fantastic with Moroccan chicken or French Brie.
Varietal / Blend: Chardonnay
Decant: Not necessary
Farming Practices: Organic
The Guffens-Heynen wines are very different in style to those of Verget – much more powerful, opulent, and layered. Meticulously produced from tiny yields of only flawless berries, these wines are made in minuscule quantities and allocated strictly.
The fruit is harvested via multiple runs through the vineyard over a period of days. Only the perfect fruit makes it to the press. In the winery, Guffens’ favourite toy is a small hydraulic Champagne press made by Coquard in 1930, which he had rebuilt by hand in time for the 2001 harvest. This tool gives him the flexibility of being able to press multiple tiny batches of grapes each day, rather than having to wait longer to fill a larger press. While he can press extremely gently overnight, he can also drain off the free-run juice and capture 85% of the volume of the grapes in half an hour.
In short, Guffens-Heynen is JM Guffens’ folly. He pulls out all stops to make the greatest wines possible from the Macon. The results are in the bottle for all to taste.