Tasted with Gautier Thevenet, 19 October 2020.
As usual, a complex collection of domaines here – it is Domaine Thevenet, but with no wines under that label; the vines on the white marl soils taking the Domaine de la Bongran label, and then there’s the 10 hectares of vines on limestone soil that take the label of Domaine Emilian Gillet – the name taken from an ancestor of the family Thevenet.
When I tasted with Gautier in October, the domaine had only just started selling their 2016s, hence, the older wines tasted here, and so not much discussion about the 2020 or 2019 vintages!
I could happily drink the ‘Gillet’ wine today, but the ‘Bognran’ has a different constitution – it is made for drinking closer to its 10th birthday – I will be fascinated to try it again with the proper maturity it deserves to achieve.
2017 Domaine Emilian Gillet, Viré-Clessé Quintaine
Hmm, that’s a nice nose – a faint mix of fine herbs and lime citrus. Mouth-filling, a certain sweetness to the flavour here, open and interesting. The finish is long, indeed tenacious, sweet and slowly fading…
2016 Domaine de Bongran, Viré-Clessé Quintaine Cuvée EJ Thevenet
Vibrant, faintly smoky complexity. Big in the mouth, really super texture, deeply flavoured recalling the nose. Concentrated wine but not heavy wine – certainly a contemplative style due to the concentration. Really long finishing again.