2020 Verget Mâcon-Bussières Vignes de Montbrison

2020 Verget Mâcon-Bussières Vignes de Montbrison

2020 Verget Mâcon-Bussières Vignes de Montbrison

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Jean-Marie Guffens is a producer who should need no introduction. He's an outspoken, iconoclastic grower driven by an idea to capture absolute purity in his wines making these piercingly bright, limpid (under his Guffens-Heynen and Verget labels) wines to add to your list, but not for the same reasons as you'd buy the more premium northern styles of Burgundy.

Andrew Jefford describes the style “Don't buy Verget wines looking for the kind of cheese paste, farm straw richness of traditional “funky” white Burgundy; these are white wines made with the kind of ravishing purity, compelling sensual austerity more familiar among the greatest winemakers of the Saar, the Ruwer, or Alsace.” 

The Mâcon-Bussières vineyard is situated to the north of the stunning Roche de Vergisson, directly below the village of the same name. It sits on a gentle, southeast-facing slope, where the shallow soil is predominantly clay and limestone with numerous stones. Verget’s bottling comes from one of the oldest plots of vines in this vineyard (over 40 years old). Guffens believes that lees stirring and reduction are embellishments used in white Burgundy to disguise shortcomings. He, therefore, avoids reduction while also bottling under screwcap. He wants you to taste the fruit in all its purity.

Tasting Note:
Only free-run juices were used. Fermentation occurred entirely in wood: it was Jean-Marie Guffens who claimed no wine is over-oaked, just under-fruited, and here the seasoning (20% new) is judged to perfection. A class act from beginning to end, it’s pure, layered and fleshy, with a refined, silken texture and lovely tension.

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