There’s a good splash of Pinot Blanc in here, which is simply a strain of Pinot Noir that has gone albino and lost all color. I find it gives a unique chalky texture, with which the Chardonnay blends well. Highly unique and enjoyable, it can also age like a champ.
|Blend:||30% Chardonnay, 70% Pinot Blanc|
|Producer:||Domaine Pierre Guillemot|
|Vineyard:||55 years, 1.3 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in barrel for 18 months and in bottle for 6 months before release|
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!
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312