Domaine André Bonhomme 2015 "Vieilles Vignes" Viré Clessé

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Type
Varietal
Country/Region
Closure
Body
Sweetness
ABV
Old World White: chardonnay
Sweetness/Fullness: dry
Oak Influence: lightly oaked
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Tasting notes
Wow! Clean oak and lemons, just what one wants from fine white Burgundy. A great food wine perfect with fish dishes.

Why we recommend this wine
We first visited Bonhomme and bought half bottles from them more than a dozen years ago – long before halfwine was a twinkle in our eyes. Good value Burgundy is hard to find so when we needed an oaked version we got hold of them again.

The wine
As the name suggests, the Vieilles Vignes is produced from the oldest parcels of the estate; the vines are 80 years old on average. This means that the yields are low (35 to 40 hl / ha), resulting in a more concentrated wine and a great aromatic complexity. Vinification combines stainless steel vats and oak barrels for a total of 24 months, giving the wine a structure that allows it to pass through the years maintaining its persistence and finesse.

The wine estate
A great wine is never made without a good grape ... It is for this simple reason that Domaine André Bonhomme favours of organic viticulture. They work in the most traditional way possible. Plowing the soil allows them to stop the use of chemical weedkillers. They use natural products against mildew and oidium. They do not use insecticides because their vines are an ecologically balanced environment where natural predators also have their place. They seek to ensure that vine maximize their natural defenses.
The Domaine was founded in 1956 by André Bonhomme. Today it is run by his son-in-law, his daughter and their sons. The estate comprises around 11 hectares located on clayey-limestone soil of the communes of Viré and Clessé, almost all Chardonnay.
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Food and wine
The complexity and lemoniness go well with white meats and fish, cream sauces and soft cheeses. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
Organic viticulture is very difficult in Burgundy because the parcels of vines that the typical Domaine owns are fragmented and interspersed with plots that may not follow organic practices.