- Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2014 Product #30572 (In Stock)
Fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in and around the village of Gevrey-Chambertin – sites where the amount of limestone and chalk are a better fit for rich Chardonnay than powerhouse Pinot Noir. The early starting, but cool, 2014 growing season gave Jean-Michel and his son, Alexis, perfectly ripe fruit with loads of flavor complexity and acidity at modest (12.5%) alcohols. A cool fermentation and 10 or so months in (35% new) French oak was just right to extract flavor and texture while rounding off any sharp edges.
This generous Bourgogne Chardonnay delivers luxurious aromas of golden fruit, toasted hazelnut, lemon tart, fresh butter and just a hint of crushed mint. The flavors are just one notch richer than last year, with ripe pear, apple and peach fruit and notes of warm nuts, fresh butter, and salty caramel coating your palate. The fresh, lemony, acidity and chalky/saline minerality are similar to past releases as well. But the texture is just fantastic this year, with a pure intensity and silky richness that’s hard to believe – and almost never found in a “just” Bourgogne. The finishing flavors of wet stones, lemon custard, warm hazelnut, nutmeg and tangy butter sail on and on and on.
- Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2014 Product #30573 (In Stock)
Les Graviers is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards lying just outside the bounds of village Chambolle Musigny. Both Frederic Magnien and Domaine Ponsot base their Bourgogne rouge on Graviers, with Ponsot’s usually selling for $40-$50 (if you can find it). Jean Michel used the young vines from this vineyard for cremant, but now that they're mature, all the fruit from Les Graviers goes into make one brilliant Bourgogne Rouge – a wine that’s very much a “baby Chambolle Musigny!”
In Jean Michel's outstanding 2014, the lovely aromas of crushed griotte (cherry), red raspberry and wild strawberry get richer and more complex as the wine unfurls with air, a touch of fresh leather emerges, and the nutty, toasty, oak fades into the background. The palate is much more rich, plush, and luscious than the 12.5% alcohol suggest, with lovely ripeness to the juicy red currant, raspberry and tangy cherry fruit. Chambolle-Muisgny terroir and 50% new oak work together to provide accents of iron ore, coffee, and fresh earth. This has excellent length on the palate and finish for Bourgogne. A fantastic Bourgogne of true Village character to drink now and over the next 5-8 years.