Jean Thevenet, together with his son Gautier, exploits 15 hectares of vines in a tiny village called Quintaine, which is part of the appellation of Vire-Clesse near Macon. Now in his early 60s, this modest and charming vigneron shows, in our view (and coincidentally in Parker’s who describes him as one of the dozen or so top white winemakers in Burgundy) that Grand Cru quality chardonnay can be produced outside the Cote D’or. All this without use of new oak barrels, but 100 year old foudres. Wines are only released when they are beginning to drink well, but the longevity is also astonishing…….10-15 years on most vintages are still going strong. A non-interventionist, Thevenet’s philosophy is to hand pick grapes that are absolutely ripe, even when taking a risk that the weather will turn against him.
“Top Winemaker of the Year 2010″ by Bourgogne Aujourd’hui
Cuvee Tete Vire Clesse