I never understood the idea of a “house style” until I started tasting wines from Domaine Pierre Guillemot. Not only will his Burgundy never be mistaken for a new-world Pinot Noir, it’s hard to mistake it for that of any other Burgundian producer. Guillemot’s wines are rustic, fine, and firmly rooted in the old tradition of Burgundian winemaking, which produces balanced wines that showcase the bright fruit and savory character of Savigny-lès-Beaune. This bottling is sure to convince any Pinot Noir drinker that there’s something special about Burgundy.
Being a Burgundy lover on a budget is not always easy, but finding a producer you can trust makes the search much simpler. Damien Gachot has produced a wine that aims to please every Burgundy lover’s palate. Sourcing grapes from the village of Corgoloin in the southern end of the Côtes de Nuits, he presents a wine with the velvety character of the Côtes de Beaune while maintaining the structure and finesse of the Côtes de Nuits. From the soft fruit to the exotic spice, this bottle provides something for everyone.
At my wedding last September, great wine was flowing, music was playing on the dance floor, and my wife and I could hardly take a moment to enjoy it all. We were so wrapped up in the “fog of war” that we could hardly enjoy a glass of wine or a bite of food. I knew I was drinking good wine, but I seemed to be gulping it down between greeting, dancing, and pictures. One wine stopped me in my tracks at the first sip. I made a beeline for the bar to see what they were pouring. To my delight, it was La Brûlée from François Lumpp. With forward ripe berry fruit aromas and a velvety finish, this wine cut through the chaos. I savored every sip of that wine and every moment of that day.