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Le Chai Duchet Vire Clesse 2015 Product #32888 (In Stock)
Le Chai Duchet Vire Clesse 2015 Le Chai Duchet Vire Clesse 2015

In just the 3rd vintage made and bottled by young Alexis Duchet, this wine already shows the very high quality of the family’s organically farmed vineyards and the character of the chalky limestone soils of the Macon’s Vire-Clesse AOC.  Alexis pulls fruit for his AOC Vire-Clesse from four sites near the village of Vire, all planted to Chardonnay vines now 60 years old or older.  Winemaking is dead simple:  gentle pressing, native yeasts, fermentation in stainless steel and then up to 12 months aging in concrete tanks.

There’s nothing simple about the wine, though.  In the warm, ripe, 2015 harvest, this shows a bit more breadth and generosity than the typical Vire-Clesse, with lovely scents and flavors of stone fruit – peach, apricot, nectarine – over chalky stone and topped with a captivating hint of fruit blossoms.  The texture is rich and round on the palate but lacks nothing in energy, minerality, and drive.  Delicious to drink on its own, for sure, but try it with shellfish, roast chicken or anything with a handful of mushrooms for a real treat!

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Le Chai Duchet Vire Clesse Quintessance 2015 Product #32889 (In Stock)
Le Chai Duchet Vire Clesse Quintessance 2015 Le Chai Duchet Vire Clesse Quintessance 2015

Holy cow and zowie – this is just plain great Chardonnay!  "Quintessence" means "the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class" or "a refined essence or extract."  This is the Quintessence of Vire-Clesse.  It’s from a 4 acre plot of 80 year-old Chardonnay planted to incredible density – a whopping 4,400 vines per acre. Alexis Duchet farms this site organically with natural treatments for pests and the soil worked by horse-drawn plow.  Fermentation in stainless steal with the yeast from the vineyard and winery is followed by 10-12 months aging in concrete tank.  Natural, pure, simple.

Nothing simple about the wine, though.  The aromas and flavors are deep, complex, and satisfying with layers of ripe stone fruit, buttered pear, crushed hazelnut and salty mineral.  But structure and texture are what really excites here.  The wine enters with a prickle-point of acid, fans out to envelope and coat your palate with richness, and then snaps back into lazer-like minerally focus as fresh citrus acids bring up the rear.  And the finish goes on and on and your mouth waters gently and flavors of stone fruit, pear, apple, hazelnut and mint linger for a minute-plus.  A great wine right now that will certainly age nicely – but why wait?

Regular Price (1) Price : $29.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $26.98/ea
Sale Full Case (12): $24.98/ea
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