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Pierre Vessigaud (France) Macon-Fuissé 2003
This is a really smartly packaged wine, with a quality, heavyweight bottle. Coming from a small, two-hectare vineyard plot, the wine is barrel-fermented and spends 10 months on the lees in new oak. It has a very pale, straw-green colour, and an immediately seductive nose, that is creamy and nutty, with almond scents and a note of ripe green fig. It is honeyed and rich, with ripe apple and pear fruit. On the palate it is quite a powerful wine, with a concentrated fruit quality of apple and melon, but it has good ripeness, verging on a more tropical aspect, but all checked by a white fruit and citrus acidity. It stays quite big through the mid-palate, as the oak builds in the mouth adding nutty, sweet and toasty support. With very good length, this is my sort of Chardonnay, and an excellent wine. 9.49 Oddbins.