- Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2011 Product #28112 (In Stock)
Jean-Michel Guillon grows this wine in and around the famous red wine village of Gevrey Chambertin on soils with more limestone than Pinot Noir normally loves. Give it a swirl and you'll find luxurious aromas of golden fruit, toasted hazelnut, lemon tart, fresh butter and just a hint of crushed mint. Take a sip and you'll immediately notice the rich and creamy texture and lush mouthfeel with complex flavors of lemon curd, golden peach, ripe pear, butter, warm nut and salty caramel. The salty/briny minerality pumps through under the fruit as bright, lemony, acids keep things fresh and focused. The lingering flavors of wet stones, lemon custard, warm hazelnut, nutmeg and tangy butter sail on and on and on.
The aromas and flavors remind me of Corton Charlamagne, while the mineral drive and focus suggest a top 1er Cru Chablis from a warm vintage - although the price here is 50-150% less than either of those. A rich, deeply, flavored white Burgundy for big foods or even to enjoy on its own now and for 5 or so years.
- Guillon Cremant De Bourgogne Blanc De Noirs Product #20934 (In Stock)
We’re sad to report that this is the final release of what has been one of our favorite and most popular sparkling wines for years and years now. The story of this wine begins when Jean Michel had to replant a portion of his Pinot Noir vines in the village of Chambole-Musigny. The young vines produced pretty fruit, but needed a decade or more to develop the power and depth Jean Michel wanted for his red wines. So, he began harvesting the Pinot Noir here a little early, making it into a still white wine, and having a friend help him turn it into a classically made sparkling Bourgogne.
Now the vines used for this fun fizz are graduating into Guillon’s red wine program, so this is the last batch of Cremant he will make. Snap it up while you can! The wine starts off with fine bubbles and generous aromas of fresh berries and toast. In the mouth, it’s creamy-textured but vivacious, with complex flavors of brioche, biscuit, and earthy spice complenenting the bright red fruit flavors. Long and lingering on the finish, it’s easy enough to just enjoy on a Tuesday night but a worthy star at a fine dinner party.
- Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Product #27109 (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!”
The 2011 is wide open right now, bursting with generous aromas of dark cherries, currant, violets, earth and a hint of spice. In the mouth, round and rich and impeccably balanced with oodles of dark red fruit, roasted coffee, roasted mushroom, and spice. Given the integration (and price!), it’s hard to believe that 50% of this wine matured in new oak. The long, lush, and fruit-filled finish completely cloak the fine tannin that will allow this to grow in cellar (if you can hold off drinking it now!).
"A fresh, ripe and expressive nose of violets, earth and various red berry fruit scents introduces rich, delicious and impressively sized flavors that possess good balance on the relatively fine and persistent finish. A quality effort for the appellation."Allen Meadows 85-88 points