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.
It’s that time of year! We have begun to receive the latest vintage of rosés from our producers in France and Italy and will update this page as more arrive in Berkeley. Check back here regularly for your favorite rosés!
In 1976, when I was busy being born as a wine importer, Richard Olney guided me through the French vineyards. He introduced me to Domaine Tempier, Clape, Chave, and other incomparable sources. In the Beaujolais we visited Château Thivin and Georges Duboeuf. I chose to pursue Thivin
Sauvignon Blanc comes in many forms, and we've put them all together right here for your enjoyment. You’ll find classics from its spiritual home in the Loire Valley, as well as characterful renditions from Bordeaux and Friuli.
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