Peter Maude Fine Wines

2019, Maison Verget, Vin de France Blanc, Chardonnay d'Aigle

$46

A blend combining Guffen's press wine from Domaine Guffens-Heynen, Sémillon from his Château Closiot in Barsac and Viognier from his Château de Tourettes in the Lubéron, the 2019 Vin de France Triangle de Guffens is a wine without precedent. Mingling aromas of yellow orchard fruit, pear, beeswax, dried white flowers and apricots, it's full-bodied, satiny and seamless, its enveloping core of fruit underpinned by lively acids. But perhaps what's most impressive is that not one of its constituents dominates the final blend. Bottled under screwcap, I suspect its longevity will surprise us. 93 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

This unique, alchemical wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier. Designated a Vin de France, the grapes come from Jean-Marie Guffens' three estates in the Maconnais, Barsac and the Luberon. The nose is a heady concoction of ripe peach and apricots, intermingling with blood orange, pithy lemons and yoghurt. There are palpable elements of all four varieties in the fragrant aromas. The palate starts with the peaches and cream of Viognier, bringing oily depth and fleshy fruit. There is textural weight and structure reminiscent of Roussanne and Semillon, before savoury, flinty notes add waves of Chardonnay, but again remind of Semillon. At its heart, it is a fleshy, sumptuous white that is ideally suited to drink over the next two years while the fruit is vibrant and powerful. 16.5 Farr Vintners Tasting team , London.

Thoroughly enjoyed this Triangle de Guffens, a blend of Maconnais, Barsac and Luberon from Jean-Marie Guffens. Could have been a mess in less talented hands. This actually tasted even better the second day after opening. Neal Martin (on Twitter)

 

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