Serpentières is what put Guillemot on the map so many years ago, and it remains their pride and joy. It exemplifies the grandeur of bouquet that can be attained from a wine with such a seemingly light touch. If you haven’t experienced this before, don’t miss this chance –Chris Santini
|Producer:||Domaine Pierre Guillemot|
|Vineyard:||55 years, 1.7 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!
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch