This cuvée is produced from grapes planted in the "Champ-Rond" vineyard and vinified in 800-liter amphoras.
The wine displays the estate's typical exotic fruit aromas and ripe citrus fruits with an extra dimension of expression due to the amphora's breathing. Ample and generous in the mouth with fine acidity and fantastic purity.
"Notes of clear honey, freshly baked bread, orange blossom and waxy citrus fruits introduce the 2020 Viré-Clessé Retour à la Terre, a medium to full-bodied, ample and textural wine framed by racy acids and chalky structure. As readers may remember, this bottling derives from old vines growing in a clay-rich parcel whose grapes were vinified in clay amphora.- William Kelley"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (September 2022), 93 pts
"From old vines growing in a clay-rich parcel whose grapes were vinified in clay amphora, the 2019 Viré-Clessé Retour à la Terre offers up aromas of buttery orchard fruit, white flowers and peach. Medium to full-bodied, rich and layered, it's lively and concentrated, with lots of chalky extract and a long, saline finish. - William Kelley"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (August 2021), 92+ pts
"A lifted sense of white currant fights through on the shy nose of this wine. The rounder palate evokes juicy yellow plum and white peach. A sense of citrus pith adds real texture while lemony depths become apparent with more time on the palate. This is unusual but the wine has vivid juiciness and its own sense of depth. - ANNE KREBIEHL MW"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 91 pts
"If you're going to buy a second-hand amphora in which to ferment your wine, it makes sense to do so from a producer as good as Guillaume Selosse in Champagne. Made with low-yielding fruit from 65-year-old vines in Quintaine, this has a lovely combination of grip and purity, showing freshness, focus and an appealingly earthy note. Drinking Window 2019 - 2022. - Tim Atkin MW"
- Decanter Magazine (November 1st 2018), 92 pts
This 7-hectare estate is located in the commune of Quintaine, adjacent to the village of Clessé, South of Burgundy. Quintaine is recognized as producing some of the finest wines of ...