Most collectors of fine Burgundy evidently zoom along the D974 right past Savigny-lès-Beaune to get to the grand cru villages, because if they gave this small commune just north of Beaune its proper due, prices for Guillemot’s stellar Pinot Noirs would be significantly higher. Brothers Vincent and Philippe Guillemot, together with their father Jean-Pierre, do bottle one grand cru in Corton, but the family’s bread and butter is Savigny-lès-Beaune, where they have tended vines for eight generations. Along with the Corton, they vinify four Savigny premiers crus, a few village wines, and finally a top-notch Bourgogne rouge. Bearing Guillemot’s distinctive woodsy, spicy notes that encircle an elegant red-fruit core, these reds accomplish the elusive feat of being both charming in their youth and stunning with some age. Finally, don’t miss their Savigny blanc, which is made mostly with Pinot Blanc and shows a capacity to age that is rivaled by few Chardonnays.
Somehow, after four decades of flawless Chablis, this treasured domaine has managed to remain a hidden gem within our Burgundy portfolio. With every release, these staff favorites get scooped up by the case by the folks here at KLWM, and by those seasoned customers who’ve figured out by now the outstanding pleasure and value this producer provides vintage after vintage. It’s been long predicted that someday we’ll be unable to offer Lavantureux’s wines without allocating them — the potential for glory and fame is right there in your glass.
The southern Rhône, Provence, Languedoc, Corsica: distinct regions, yet viticulturally intertwined. Grape varieties like Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Vermentino are found in each, ripening under the abundant sunshine of a gorgeous Mediterranean climate. But diversity abounds—now is your chance to dig deeper into southern France.
In these wines, you will taste the passion of a classicist trying to uphold the best traditions of the northern Rhône, and also the creativity of a thoughtful vigneron navigating the hurdles of the present and future.
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
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