1998 Domaine Guffens-Heynen Mâcon-Pierreclos

SKU #1329133 Wine Spectator

 Flavorful. Medium-bodied, with a mineral bite and some attractive tropical flavors. (PM, Web Only-2001)

K&L Notes

Stephen Tanzer reports from the producer: "Jean-Marie Guffens describes the products of his tiny family estate in Vergisson (3. 2 hectares of vines produce about 1,500 cases) as viticultural wines, in contrast to the wines he crafts under his negociant label, Verget. 'At Verget I can create things; at the domaine I accept things; I'm more of a gentleman farmer.'" (01/2004) Robert Parker puts it another way: "Guffens-Heynen is the private estate of Jean-Marie Guffens (of Maison Verget fame) and his wife. Whereas at Verget, Guffens strives to fashion the finest wines he can from purchased grapes and must (unfermented juice), often resorting to tricks and technology, at Guffens-Heynen only the most simple and natural processes are employed. The results can be awe-inspiring." (Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide, 2001)

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Chardonnay

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