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A luscious full-bodied Bungundian white from the Mâcon region. Farmed very traditionally with no herbicides or pesticides beside light copper and sulfur treatments. The grapes are allowed to come to a full, rich ripeness and fermented slowly with native yeasts ending with a slight amount of residual sugar that imparts an full mouthfeel and well-balanced wine.
From the mouth of the importer (Louis/Dressner):
"Tasting Henri Goyard's Mâcon-Viré for the first time, in 1987, was a true revelation. We were stunned: the local coops' wines were correct at best, the handful of estate-made Mâcons we had tasted, a notch superior, and the barrel-fermented Chardonnays from the Côte d'Or had not prepared us for this experience. This wine was rich, lush, intensely fruity and fat, with marvelous weight and length. It was powerful, yet fresh and lively, and its aromas of buttery, roasted nuts lingered on.
The superb location of the vines on a limestone ridge overlooking the plain of the Saône river, the vines’ old mix of different strands of Chardonnay, their age and condition, then a simple but careful vinification make for a powerful, yet complex and delicate wine. Delicious in its youth, it also ages gracefully, acquiring more intense roasted notes, and sometimes, the deeply mineral character often associated with Riesling, rather than Chardonnay."