- Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2012 Product #28920 (In Stock)
The 2011 was great, but the 2012 is better – a lot better. Fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in and around the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Yields are always low here, but about 35% less than usual in 2012 – giving 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.
As in 2011, 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 2011 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 2012 Product #28309 (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 2012, 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. Give it an hour in decanter now or two-10 years in cellar for maximum pleasure. A fantastic Bourgogne of true Village character.
"There is enough wood to notice surrounding the pretty and fresh red berry fruit aromas. I like the concentration of the vibrant and well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess good depth and fine length on the balanced finish. A good example of the genre." Allen Meadows 86-88 points
- Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 Product #29375 (In Stock)
Les Graviers is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards lying just outside the bounds of village Chambolle Musigny. The essence of Chambolle is perfume, and you’ll find oodles of it here with generous scents of griotte cherry, raspberry, smoke, earth, and more wafting from the glass. It’s the most elegant Bourgogne we’ve seen from Jean-Michel to date, but lacks nothing in intensity, with pure fruit puree, warm spice, and fresh earth flavors coating the palate and sailing on through the long, luscious, finish. Beautiful with salmon, roast chicken or duck now and sure to pick up more earthy mushroom notes with age.
"A perfumed and very pretty nose combines notes of both red and dark berries along with plenty of earth and sandalwood nuances. There is good vibrancy to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the lightly mineral-inflected finale. I like the complexity and while this could be enjoyed young there is enough material present to suggest 2 to 4 years of upside development potential."Allen Meadows 86-88 points