Excellent drinking wines, “The best wine is made using the best grapes” Jean- Marie Guffens.
MaineandJean-MarieGuffens-HeynenleftFlandersandheadedforBurgundyin1976.Maineworkedforlocalgrowers and Jean-Marie studied viticulture and winemaking. They managed a small estate in the Maconnaise and by 1979 startedpurchasingvineparcelsinthehillsofPierreclos.Theirpassionforvinesandwinemakinggrewquicklyandtoday Domaine Guffens-Heynen is a well-established winemaker andnegociant.
TodaythedomainehasvineyardholdingsonthehillsofPierreclos,VergissonandDavaye.In1990theycreatedVerget, a negociant company that sources grapes from vines in the Maconnais, Chablis and Cote d'Or. The Verget labels are a Chablisgrandcru,aMeursaultandaPouilly-Fuisse.In1997theypurchasedChateaudesTourettesinVaucluse.Here they produce a variety of wines made from Chardonnay, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier for the whites and Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache for the reds and roses.
The Guffen-Heynen wine empire farm the vineyards organically and is very focused on grape quality. The Domaine Guffens-Heynen and Verget wines are all hand-harvested while several labels produced are classified Vin des Pays de Vaulcuseandthesewinesoffergreatvaluefortheirquality.TheyincludetheVergetduSudChardonnayandtheGuffens Marsanne-Rousanne.Allthewinesareexceptionallywellmadeanddisplayindividualterroircharacter.
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