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.
Characterized by a light hue, structure balanced by lift, and bright red berries and spice, the Guillemots’ signature style extends throughout the lineup all the way to the Bourgogne rouge. If there were enough of this beauty to go around, I’d enjoy a bottle of it weekly. Not to miss!
The Serpentières is arguably the quintessential Guillemot cuvée, which makes sense because it is the vineyard where they own the most land (4.2 acres is a blessing when it comes to premier cru Burgundy). This generous, seductive rouge has a long life ahead. Open it now or in three decades.
Aromatically, this bottling is still clearly in the Guillemot family, but it is even deeper, more concentrated, and more complex than the Savigny premiers crus. Open now if you would like to taste its youthful magic, but don’t miss the transcendent reward of popping the cork in ten to fifteen years.
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