Andrew Guard

2015 Et Pourtant... (Viré-Clessé), Domaine Valette

From 60-year-old vines; aged for 30 months in older barrels): the soils here are more 'Calcaire' (they contain more limestone) The nose is incredibly attractive and bursts with apple, peach, pear and hazelnuts, the impression is rich and powerful. Lovely concentration in the mouth but with the telltale freshness and lively acidity that keeps you wanting more, this is delicious. A very powerful and intense wine - it oscillates intensity - it is one to keep!

Baptiste and Philippe Valette continues on in their father Gerard’s footsteps by producing incredible wines, packed with personality. They are the reference point for artisan wines from the Mâconnais. Their work is exacting; once the fruit is ready the harvest is manual in late September and once in the winery the entire harvest is pressed slowly with a pneumatic press. Vinification is natural: without sulphur, without yeasts, chaptalisation or acidification.

I often find myself in the cellars and homes of the winemakers that we work with and those that we would like to work with and it is interesting to see the bottles that have been kept by them that sit empty in their homes and cellars. I think it would be fair to say that those of Valette have been the most prominent and when remarked upon, his work is respected and adored.