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Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Pinot Blanc 2013 Product #30419 (In Stock)

Once upon a time, Pinot Blanc was often found in Burgundy's vineyards, but it's rare today - and even more rarely exported.  Here's a classic example from Gevrey Chambertin, deftly blending Pinot Blanc's crisp apple/peach fruit with a layer of spice and structure from aging in barrel.  The spice and nutty notes make this an excellent match for fresh fish with butter and almond - or just to sip!

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Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2014 Product #30572 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2014 Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2014

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.

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 Product #29375 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013

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

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2014 Product #30573 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2014 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2014

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.

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Guillon Cotes De Nuits Villages Queues De Hareng 2013 Product #30031 (In Stock)
Guillon Cotes De Nuits Villages Queues De Hareng 2013 Guillon Cotes De Nuits Villages Queues De Hareng 2013

Just Jean-Michel’s third vintage from this fine vineyard located a touch south of Nuits Saint Georges, and easily the very best yet.  Oodles of raspberry, coffee, and red currant aromas and flavors and a silky, sophisticated, texture.  It’s rare to see a wine from a more “humble” site like this have the stuffing to benefit from 100% new oak, but the 2013 handles it with ease.  Delicious now and able to develop through 2023.  Outstanding value here.

"A mildly toasty nose exhibits notes of assorted red berries, earth and a hint of game. There is excellent detail and punch to the delicious middle weight flavors that display a touch of minerality on the balanced and palate coating finish. The supporting tannins are quite ripe and this too will be approachable young if you don't have the patience or desire to wait."Allen Meadows 87-90 points

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Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2013 Product #30032 (In Stock)
Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2013 Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2013

A stunning bottle of handcrafted red Burgundy that will delight fans of ripe Russian River or warm vintage Willamette Valley Pinot today and satisfy the most demanding Burgundy fan for years to come.  Jean Michel Guillon purchased this small vineyard about 9 years ago and his hard work has transformed its 30-40 year-old vines into something very special indeed.  He harvests less than 30 hectoliters per hectare of perfectly ripe fruit here – much lower yields than are allowed in Grand Cru vineyards!  And, he treats it like “Grand Cru” wine, too, aging it for 16 months in all new Bertomieu French oak barrels.

Right now it serves up luscious aromas of red currant, cranberry, coffee and.  Beautiful sweet cherry, currant, and red berry fruit take center stage on the palate, with accents of smoke, coffee, and fresh flowers.  The fruit is so sweet and texture of the wine so silky smooth that you might miss the minerality and fine tannins that bode so well for future improvement.  A pretty cranberry note wells up on the velvety finish – and what could be better with Thanksgiving dinner than a touch of cranberry!  A beautiful wine to drink right now and sure to be better and better over the next decade.

"Moderate wood influence frames the fresh and ripe aromas of cassis, plum, earth and a hint of animale. The earth character continues onto the textured medium-bodied flavors that also display a touch of minerality on the solidly complex and persistent finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose reappears. This mildly oaky effort should also drink well young if desired."Allen Meadows 88-90 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010 Product #26485 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010

Jean Michel makes several different Gevrey village cuvves, but this one – named for the man who helped Jean Michel learn to make wine – really grabbed us in 2010.  Screams “Gevrey” with its earthy red fruit and note of dusty iron ore but still soft and open enough to give early pleasure.  Excellent value.

"In contrast to the relatively expressive noses of the prior three wines, this is much more serious with brooding aromas of earth, wild red berries and a whiff of humus. There is excellent energy to the detailed and lightly mineral-suffused flavors that possess good ripeness to the structural elements where the finish again displays a wonderful sense of tension and energy."Allen Meadows 88-91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2013 Product #30034 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2013 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2013

Jean Michel makes several different Gevrey village cuvves, but this one – named for the man who helped Jean Michel learn to make wine – really shines in 2013.  It’s more plush and fruit-driven than in some vintages with a richness to the texture and finish that will delight right now with food.  Still, lacking nothing in terms of potential for cellaring.

"Outstanding Top Value! Soft but not invisible wood and menthol nuances intertwine with the very ripe essence of black currant, cassis and warm earth nuances. Consistent with the nose, the succulent and seductively textured flavors are notably ripe and blessed with an impressive amount of dry extract that push the moderately firm tannic spine to the background on the ever-so-mildly rustic finish. This is really more Vosne than Gevrey in style but it does deliver very fine quality." Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2012 Product #28844 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2012 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2012

Co-winemaker Alexis Guillon's cuvee is always a bit more elegant than the Domaine's other Village wines, but still has the concentration and depth that only comes from 60+ year-old vines. This is the best vintage for this wine I can recall and the Burghound score is too low.  An outstanding value for now - 2022.

"While the wood is not invisible there is better aromatic complexity present on the dark currant, earth, sauvage and plum suffused nose. There is fine detail to the mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess excellent phenolic maturity to the supporting tannic spine, all wrapped in a robust, powerful and impressively long finish. I like the concentration and if this can add a bit more length it should merit the top of my projected range."Allen Meadows 88-91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2012 Product #28983 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2012 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2012

From 50-90 year-old vines, this is always the most powerful and complex of Jean-Michel's Village level wines.  The essence of Gevrey-Chambertin here and the structure and balance to develop beautifully in cellar.

"Outstanding Top Value. Here the wood treatment is much more discreet with its cool and pure nose of wild and mixed dark berries, pungent earth and plenty of sauvage character. There is excellent intensity and drive to the overtly mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess excellent volume and phenolic maturity before concluding in a saline, long and ever-so-mildly austere finish. This is well worth considering."Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2013 Product #30035 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2013 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2013

Always one of Jean-Michel’s – and importer Olivier Daubresse’s! – favorite cuvees, I really cannot imagine how you wouldn’t guess very good 1er cru when tasting this blind.  It’s a powerful wine that can be enjoyed young for the rich, almost dense, fruit and will add complex earthy/iron ore notes as it matures.  Drink young with air and food or enjoy from 2023-2033 to see all this has to offer.  Perhaps the most outstanding value of this offering.

"Outstanding Top Value. In contrast to the Cuvée Galland this displays buckets of classic Gevrey character with its beautifully complex aromas of game, underbrush, pungent earth and that telltale sauvage quality on the assorted dark berry fruit scents. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the middle weight plus flavors that possess equally good complexity on the extract-rich, powerful and beautifully well-balanced finish. This is an old school Gevrey villages that will require plenty of patience but if you have it then this is a terrific choice. Highly recommended for the patient." Allen Meadows 89-92 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2007 Product #27926 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2007 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2007

While 2007 was a challenging vintage for reds, Jean Michel Guillon rose to that challenge and turned out a bevy of beautiful wines.  His 2007 1er Cru Champonnets was impressive young but now - after 5 years in a cool cellar - is unfolding into something quite beautiful.  Lovely aromas of red flowers, spice, tangy cherry, and smoke open the show.  Then it's silky and pure in the mouth with long and very fine flavors of red berries, flowers, iron, and hints of coffee, spice, and earth.  The tannins provide gentle support and the finish goes on and on.  Delicate, but very Gevrey and ready to drink.

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Product #30037 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013

Hoo boy!  As Burghound notes, this will need another 6 or 7 years to “arrive at its full potential,” but it’s nearly impossible to resist right now.  A big "wow" wine that delivers a silky, plush, nose of spice, rich fruit, fresh earth and cocoa.  Then a mouthful of dark fruit, unctuous cocoa butter, spice and cigar tobacco with superb length, plenty of power, but absolutely no excess weight.  This is arguably the wine that most clearly exemplifies Jean Michel’s style and talent and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

"Outstanding. This is one of the ripest wines in the range as the mocha-scented nose displays notes of cassis and black raspberry liqueur notes along with spice, earth and floral wisps. There is good minerality and plenty of earth and sauvage characters on the intense and punch medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a clean and dry (in the best sense) finale that is notably austere at present. I like the depth and balance though note that this muscular effort will definitely require extended cellaring to arrive at its full potential."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l Product #29376 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l

Even better in big bottle, both now and in the future!

"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

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Petit Chapelle 2013 Product #30039 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Petit Chapelle 2013 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Petit Chapelle 2013

With the Gevrey Vieilles Vignes, this is one of the truly amazing values in this offering, delivering Grand Cru level ripeness, concentration, and complexity at a price well under many very good 1er Crus.  As with the Grand Crus, Jean-Michel ferments Petite Chapelle in a brand-new, open-top, wood fermenter before aging it in the best French oak money can buy.  You can begin to peak in on its development in 2020 if you like, but put some away to drink from 2023 to whenever.

"Sweet Spot Outstanding. Ample wood spice and menthol nuances add breadth to the beautifully complex and markedly ripe plum, cassis and black currant suffused nose. There is a beguiling sense of underlying tension to the precise and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that possess both excellent volume and plenty of power, all wrapped in a firm, austere and overtly tannic finale. Like the old vines Gevrey this is an old school example and is best suited for those who have the patience to wait as this will definitely require it."Allen Meadows 91-93 points

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Guillon Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin 2012 Product #28848 (In Stock)
Guillon Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin 2012 Guillon Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin 2012

Jean-Michel got only 2 barrels from his Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin vineyard in 2012, but what magnificent barrels they were! The wine is so packed with fruit, spice, and minerality that it's hard to believe it could have such an elegant, silky, texture.  Buy as much as you can - while it will show best after 2022, you'll have a hard time leaving it alone that long.

"There is plenty of wood to the pungently reduced nose where none of the underlying fruit elements are visible. The highly energetic medium weight plus flavors brim with both dry extract and mineral elements before terminating in a driving, even explosive finish that displays excellent complexity as well as terrific persistence. This is impressive though note that this will require plenty of cellar time."Allen Meadows 92-94 points

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Guillon Grand Cru Clos Du Vougeot 2012 Product #28982 (In Stock)
Guillon Grand Cru Clos Du Vougeot 2012 Guillon Grand Cru Clos Du Vougeot 2012

Jean-Michel says this is his best Vougeot ever. Powerful.

"A brooding and largely inexpressive nose speaks of pungently earthy cool dark berry fruit aromas where additional breadth is present in the form of humus, underbrush and floral notes. There is excellent punch and plenty of power evident on the muscular and broad-shouldered flavors that exhibit fine depth and length as well as a touch of backend wood on the overtly austere finish. Note that like the Mazis, this too will require plenty of cellar time."Allen Meadows 91-94 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Magnum Product #30038 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Magnum Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Magnum

Hoo boy!  As Burghound notes, this will need another 6 or 7 years to “arrive at its full potential,” but it’s nearly impossible to resist right now.  A big "wow" wine that delivers a silky, plush, nose of spice, rich fruit, fresh earth and cocoa.  Then a mouthful of dark fruit, unctuous cocoa butter, spice and cigar tobacco with superb length, plenty of power, but absolutely no excess weight.  This is arguably the wine that most clearly exemplifies Jean Michel’s style and talent and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

"Outstanding. This is one of the ripest wines in the range as the mocha-scented nose displays notes of cassis and black raspberry liqueur notes along with spice, earth and floral wisps. There is good minerality and plenty of earth and sauvage characters on the intense and punch medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a clean and dry (in the best sense) finale that is notably austere at present. I like the depth and balance though note that this muscular effort will definitely require extended cellaring to arrive at its full potential."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Guillon Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin 2013 Product #30041 (In Stock)
Guillon Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin 2013 Guillon Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin 2013

It’s hard to believe Jean-Michel could make such a powerful Mazis in 2013, but the proof is here in the bottle.  Buy as much as you can - it will show best after 2023 and give amazing pleasure for as long as you’d care to hold it.  A stunning, stunning, wine.

"A pungent nose of strong reduction and wood toast flatten the underlying fruit. This is also a big, powerful and intense effort with excellent mid-palate concentration and plenty of palate coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the extraordinarily firm finish that delivers superb length. Like several of these 2013s this is an old school style of Mazis and it is pointless to buy this unless you have the determination to allow it have at least 10 years of cellaring and it will need every bit of 20 to fully mature. As such this will not be for everyone but it will be a treat for those who have the resolve to wait."Allen Meadows 92-94 points

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Guillon Grand Cru Clos Du Vougeot 2013 Product #30043 (In Stock)
Guillon Grand Cru Clos Du Vougeot 2013 Guillon Grand Cru Clos Du Vougeot 2013

As Jean-Michel likes to say, “You have to work to make Grand Cru wine in Vougeot,” and you’ll see the benefits of his hard work in this glorious bottle.  More power and muscle here than usually found in Vougeot, but still all the silkiness and finesse that made this large, enclosed, vineyard famous.  More accessible than either Petite Chapelle or Mazis-Chambertin, you’ll find this enjoyable with rich food from 2018 and will discover its full potential from 2023 on.

"This is also very ripe with plenty of wood influence on the menthol, oak spice, cassis and intensely earth-scented nose. This is a powerful example of the appellation with excellent mid-palate concentration to the well-detailed and highly energetic broad-shouldered flavors that deliver outstanding persistence on the muscular finale. This really does a slow build from the mid-palate and note that here too plenty of patience will be required as this is clearly built for the long-term."Allen Meadows 92-94 points

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