Kermit loves to share stories about traveling in Bordeaux in the 1970s, when he had the enviable experience of getting to taste the top chateaux both young and old (emphasis on old). He stressed the fact that each estate had an easily recognizable house style. Bordeaux lost that to a great degree, and I can see how it could happen in Burgundy. The Guillemots have a style that is easily recognizable. It is one I love, delivered here in grand cru style. –Dixon Brooke
|Appellation:||Corton Grand Cru|
|Producer:||Domaine Pierre Guillemot|
|Vineyard:||50 years, 0.3 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in barrel for 18 months and in bottle for 6 months before release|
Domaine Pierre Guillemot France | Burgundy | Savigny-lès-Beaune
The Guillemot family has worked Savigny-lès-Beaune vines for eight generations (!) and produces wines with classic Burgundian finesse and balance, all while leaving us a reminder of Savigny’s rustic character. But do not be fooled into thinking that this means they lack aging potential; the Guillemots are very proud of their old wines and thankfully have the foresight to set aside a good supply and follow their wines’ development over the years. A recent tasting at the domaine included a 1989 and 1975 Savigny Blanc, as well as the ‘90, ‘88, ‘85, ‘82, ‘76, ’72, and ‘64 Rouge. There was not a single tired bottle in the bunch. We challenge anyone to find a better deal on Burgundies that are built to last like these!
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch