Within the Maconnais of Burgundy is a tiny village called Vire Clesse. There, you will find some of the finest Chardonnay values in Burgundy.
This is not just any Vire Clesse, it is Domaine Andre Bonhomee's Vieilles Vigne cuvee, which is a bottling of the winery's oldest vines ranging in age from 80-90 years. Nearly a century of burrowing and struggle has forced the vines to reach deep into the soil pulling out minerality and flavors that you do not typically find in a wine at this price.
This beautiful white Burgundy drinks more like a Meursault than a Chardonnay from the Macon. Crushed stone, saline, and chalk are offset by a creamy texture. Aromas of apple, pear, white peach, young apricot, and lemon rind will fill the room. Gently oaked with a hint of creamy butter balance the vibrant acidity.
There's been a lot of hype lately about 2015 red Burgundies, but every white Burgundy we've tasted from this phenomenal vintage has been outstanding! You can add Domaine Andre Bonhomme's Vire Clesse "Vieilles Vigne" to the top of this list - it is absolutely delicious!
You should definitely enjoy this wine now, but don't be afraid to lose a few bottles in your cellar as this wine can easily be set down for a decade.