"Obviously noble rot-ennobled aromas of pineapple, honey and licorice could use a bit more verve. Round and slightly diffuse on the palate; this will go earthy and truffley with a couple more years of bottle age. Finishes a bit rough and generic. Not my style. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (The Mâconnais on the Move, December 2015), 87 pts
"Pale, bright yellow. Brisk, slightly metallic aromas of lemon, lime, licorice and wild herbs. Then fat, sweet and large-scaled in the mouth, but without any obvious signs of surmaturité. The very rich, full yellow peach and ripe citrus flavors convey a strong impression of saline extract. Very concentrated if slightly aggressive today, even a bit rustic in its texture, but with excellent material. Judging from this wine, Marc Guillemot-Michel is now picking his fruit at less extreme ripeness. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (The Mâconnais on the Move, December 2015), 90 pts
"Full straw-yellow. Very ripe stone fruits, white plum and pear on the nose. Thick, rich and lightly saline; quite full and horizontal in the mouth, offering a chewy texture. Decent lemony acidity and mineral support keep the fruit surprisingly fresh. A powerful wine in the style of the vintage but not dry or hot, finishing with very good lemony grip and length. This is sweeter, richer and fatter than Guillemot-Michel's 2014 bottling but it wears its alcohol gracefully, and the resounding lemony finish is hardly short on acidity. - Stephen Tanzer"
"Bright greenish gold. Rich but tense nose with great opulence. Reminiscent of the Thevenet wines. Lots of layers going from golden syrup through honeysuckle to blossom yet with raciness. Maybe not for the very long term but this over-delivers in terms of pleasure. Long. Good value."
"Medium yellow. Yellow fruits, orange blossom, smoke and flint on the nose and palate. Thick and saline on entry, then seriously deep in the mid-palate, with suggestions of exotic fruits perfectly countered by strong saline minerality. I love the balance of sweet and salty elements and vibrant acidity. The slowly rising finish is very long and smooth. This wine, made from vineyards that have been Demeter-certified for more than two decades, boasts a thickness that few 2016s from the northern Mâconnais can match. I'd love to follow this unctuous yet energetic Viré-Clessé as it loses some of its baby fat but it's approachable already owing to its texture and balance. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2017), 92 pts