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2020 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc “Le Mont et Forêt”

Domaine Pierre Guillemot
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It’s hard to imagine an established Burgundian domaine without a pure Chardonnay in its lineup, but the Guillemot family of Savigny-lès-Beaune never bottled such a wine—until now! Unlike their Savigny blanc, which prominently features Pinot Blanc, this brand new cuvée from the Hautes Côtes de Beaune is composed solely of the region’s principal white grape. Their Chardonnay is planted in a cool site in stony soils above the Côte de Beaune, and displays a lovely balance of creaminess and toasted hazelnut with precision and minerality from its terroir. A great addition to the Guillemots’ already steady lineup of Burgundies, this white can be uncorked today for its youthful charm.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Bourgogne
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Pierre Guillemot
Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Guillemot
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174