Domaine De La Bongran

Domaine de la Bongran

Cuvée E.J. Thevenet Quintaine Viré-Clessé Chardonnay 2016

No formal notes, but such a joy...
Had it with wifey in plastic glasses, on the lawn, on a sunny day, on the right side of the street.
It was a magnum and we could not stop drinking it. I possess 2 more bottles that i should have no hurry to open, but....you know...it was such a success!!!😍😍🙏🙏
Super long after taste
Unique Burgundian expression
— 14 days ago

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Great photograph!
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@Travis W ..a bit of luck..😁😁

Calera Wine Company

Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.2

This was one of my wines from my annual WWC hosting. The other whites were Bereche Brut Reserve for the champagne, a 2015 Bongran EJ Thevent (burgundy) Chardonnay and a 2017 Moone-Tsai Ritchie Chardonnay.

Color me impressed. I have enjoyed Calera’s pinots quite a bit, but I haven’t had as much experience with the Chardonnay’s. It was almost like a Aubert Larry Hyde “lite”. As this was tasted blind, most guessed this was Chardonnay, but lots of back and forth on where it would be from. Initially, this toed the line between steely and slightly oaked with bright citrus, lemon, clean aromatics…but after an hour in the glass, this really bulked up and sported a down-the-middle type medium bodied profile. Not lean, not powerful. The tart lemon turned to a more lemon cream profile with lots of floral/honeysuckle notes, alongside herb crusted yellow fruits. No problem opening now, but I’d love to try another one of these in a few years. 92+
— 9 months ago

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My general impressions with this vintage as well. Hadn't tasted this wine going back to 2012 but had consistently back to the early 90's. Usually on the leaner fruit side with a big mineral focus paired with a "hot"/high alcohol oomph. Sounds weird but it worked most of the time. This vintage much less "hot" and more balanced but less intense. Miss the old style because it was the only chard from CA that brought that particular vibe.
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@Scott Rose : Good to know. I was really impressed with the balance here.

Domaine de la Bongran

Viré-Clessé Chardonnay 2008

Loved this wine at Spring Paris. — 6 years ago

Domaine de la Bongran

Cuvée E.J. Thévenet Viré-Clessé Chardonnay 2017

Big time win value Chard — 11 days ago

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One of my absolute favorites.

Vignobles Thévenet & Fils

Domaine de la Bongran Cuvée E.J. Thevenet Quintaine Chardonnay 2016

Simply spectacular. Such a body with no traces of oak. Magnificent!! — 7 months ago

Domaine de la Bongran

Quintaine Viré-Clessé Chardonnay

Sam
9.0

Sweet on the nose. Tropical fruits found in Peru and Colombia. Not your typical chard — 9 months ago

Domaine de la Bongran

Cuvée Tradition Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.4

Can’t write notes tonight. So, one word. Stupid! Especially, for $39.99. I bought six & going back for six more. You should seek out.

Ok...I would drink this over just about any expensive or cult like CA Chardonnay.

Drinks with the honey - honeysuckles notes of a more aged White Burgundy, nice viscosity, stellar chalkiness & minerality with sea fossils. Beautiful elegant finish.

Cheers!
— 2 years ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Wow, $40.00 thats breaking the 🏦
Jan A

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Still have some 2014 in my cellar, these are aged without any oak if I remember correctly. Special wine indeed
David T

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@Jan A Just a beautiful White Burgundy. Especially, at that price. Cheers!
@Brian Szluk Sokolin Cheers!

Domaine de la Bongran

Botyris Quintaine Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2001

Birthday drop on a homemade mille feuille
No formal notes, but that it was super delicious i know for sure😍🙏
— 2 months ago

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Jean Thevenet

Domaine de la Bongran Cuvée Botrytis Chardonnay 2006

Thanks for opening this, GL! What a compelling drop. Botrytised Chardonnay from Macon. Not as rich as a Sauternes, nor as precise as a TBA - I felt like it lay somewhere in between. All your typical botrytis aromas of honey, dried apricot, caramel, hay, chrysanthemum, mushroom, and a whiff of vinegar on the nose. For me, the palate's where it really shone - rich and sugary, as one might expect, but with juicy fruit notes and good acidity to keep it at the brink of being cloying. The acidity suprisingly held a pretty straight line across the palate, rounding off a little in the rear. My first Bongran and I can see now why the name often appears in conversations on the world's great sweet wines. — 3 months ago

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Back in 2002 I grabbed like 50 cases of half bottles of 94 cuvee botrytis for the store I worked for. Oh man. What a wine!
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@Lyle Fass 50 cases! Oh man what a sleeper of a producer... still is now, though I can't say it's very easily available. Pretty geeky wine if you ask me. Haha.
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@Aaron Tan they also have one with less botrytis and in a VT/Feinherb style as well. It’s as wonderful. So geeky and impossible to find. I got lucky on that 1994. We sold 1/2’s for $19.99 back then.

Domaine de la Bongran

Cuvée E.J. Thevenet Quintaine Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2005

Lychee. Vanilla. Hint of smoke. — 6 years ago

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Hint of coconut, smoke, and lychee. Very good but drink it now.
9.3