Macon Bussieres Montbrison, Verget 2018
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The 2018 Mâcon Bussières Montbrison comes from 40-year-old vines, matured in 20% new oak for six months with regular lees-stirring. It has a delightful bouquet of shaved almond, white peach and light pear aromas, the new oak lending presence. The palate is fresh on the entry, brisk and lively, with a little chalkiness coming through. It feels a touch short on the finish, although bottle age may see it gain more persistence. At the moment, it is the aromatics that really convince. 2019 - 2025
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2020|
The 2018 Mâcon-Bussières Vignes de Montbrison offers up aromas of pear and green apples, framed by toasty oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, with a lively spine of acidity and a nicely balanced profile. This old-vine cuvée saw 20% new wood this year, which marks it a bit more than it did last year's rendition.
|Score: 89||William Kelley, Wine Advocate (244), August 2019|
This comes from a vineyard near the village of Vergisson, 40 year old vines within the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation but facing East. The soil is clay-limestone with many pebbles. The free run juice was fermented totally in barrels with 20% new oak. The fermentations ended mid-December. The elevage continued in barrels for a further 6 months with regular lees stirring. Juicy and peachy on the nose, there is a light creamy, spicy note in the background here. Ripe stone fruits give a plump, round mouthfeel and the lick of sweet oak adds a spicy complexity. Good viscosity that allows the fruit to shine through to a pure, long finish.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, July 2019|
The wood treatment isn't subtle as it's present on the liqueur-like aromas of pear and matchstick and also extends to the round, rich and vibrant medium weight flavors that exhibit reasonably good length on the lemony and dry finish. This is a bit oaky for my taste though not so much as to seriously detract from the overall appeal.
|Score: 87||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (76), October 2019|
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