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Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2013 Product #29738 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2013 Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2013

Fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin – sites where the amount of limestone and chalk are a better fit for rich Chardonnay than powerhouse Pinot Noir.  Yields are always low here, but (as in 2012) were even lower than usual in the difficult 2013 harvest.  The short crop and cool Fall allowed Jean-Michel and his son, Alexis, to harvest 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 and add subtle complexity without obscuring the lovely fruit.

In 2013, it’s a generous Bourgogne Chardonnay that delivers luxurious aromas of golden fruit, toasted hazelnut, lemon tart, fresh butter and just a hint of crushed mint. Rich flavors of ripe pear, apple and peach fruit and notes of warm nuts, fresh butter, and salty caramel coat your palate.  The weight and texture are similar to 2012, with a pure intensity and silky richness that’s hard to believe – and almost never found in a “just” Bourgogne.  Everything is just one notch more precise, defined, and clean in 2013, though, with a finish of wet stones, lemon custard, warm hazelnut, nutmeg and tangy butter sail on and on and on. Outstanding value for any Chardonnay fan.

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 Product #28309 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012

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

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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 Cotes De Nuits Villages Queues De Hareng 2012 Product #28843 (In Stock)
Guillon Cotes De Nuits Villages Queues De Hareng 2012 Guillon Cotes De Nuits Villages Queues De Hareng 2012

The 2011 - Jean-Michel's first vintage from this site just south of Nuits Saint Georges - was one of our most popular Burgundies of 2013.  The 2012 is better still, with even more ripe fruit and an extra dash of class from 100% new oak aging.  Oodles of raspberry, coffee, and red currant aromas and flavors and a silky, sophisticated, texture. Delicious now, better in 2017 and growing through 2020 or so.  An outstanding value.

"Here the wood is gentler if not invisible with a distinctly sauvage character to the earthy dark berry fruit aromas. There is good richness and volume to the attractively well-detailed medium weight flavors that also possess fine depth and length on the moderately rustic finish."Allen Meadows 87-89 points

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Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 Product #28842 (In Stock)
Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012

A perfect Christmas Pinot Noir. Jean Michel Guillon purchased this small vineyard about 8 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.

The aromas are luscious with generous scents of red currant, cranberry, coffee and spice jumping from the glass.  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 iron ore minerality and fine tannins that bode so well for future improvement.  A beautiful wine to drink right now and sure to be better and better over the next decade.

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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 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 Chambolle Musigny 2012 Product #28849 (In Stock)
Guillon Chambolle Musigny 2012 Guillon Chambolle Musigny 2012

Jean-Michel's son and co-winemaker, Alexis, trained in Chambolle-Musigny and his talent for perfumed, elegant, but still nicely concentrated Burgundy is on full display here.  The best vintage ever for this wine in 2012 in a pretty, fruit-and-mineral, style.  Great value.

"Soft wood sets off the red and black currant suffused aromas that introduce notably finer middle weight flavors that possess a beguiling texture before culminating in a lightly mineral-inflected, clean, balanced and solidly persistent finish. This Chambolle villages is both ripe and very pretty."Allen Meadows 88-91 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 Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 1.5l Product #28839 (In Stock)
Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 1.5l Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 1.5l

Jean-Michel Guillon agreed to bottle a small amount of his rich, densely-fruited, Marsannay in magnums just for us.  Magnums not only age more gracefully and last longer in the cellar, they also show off a wine best at any stage of its development.  And, they make a grand centerpiece for a special dinner or party.  Just 18 magnums bottled of this wine in 2012, all for us.

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2012 Product #28845 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2012 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2012

In 2012, Champeaux stands out among Guillon's 1er Cru wines for its depth of concentration and beautiful texture.  Much more open and accessible than Champonnets today, Champeax impresses with it's blend of ripe dark fruit, classic Gevrey earth and iron-ore, and hints of floral elegance.  A lovely wine that is rapidly gobbling up its wood influence and will drink nicely through 2030 or so.

"Here too there is moderate wood surrounding the relatively deeply pitched dark berry fruit, humus, animale and soft floral hints. The fresh and cool middle weight flavors possess a refined mouth feel thanks to the sophisticated tannins that also serve to shape the supple and balanced finish. This forward effort is really quite good and while the wood is not invisible as it resurfaces on the finale, I think that it will integrate in time."Allen Meadows 90-92 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 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008 Product #23795 (In Stock)
Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008 Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008

A classic from the largest and best-known Grand Cru vineyard in the Cote de Nuits, the walled vineyard of Vougeot.  Unlike many wines from this famous site, Guillon’s Vougeot is fully Grand Cru in quality – dark, rich, and super, super, long.  Cellar for another 5-8 years and drink for 20.

“From 40+ year old vines and whole cluster fermentation, fermented entirely in a small 100% new wood tank. As one would reasonably expect, this is much more defined aromatically by earth tones rather than fruit. Dark berry fruit aromas introduce exceptionally rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract levels and an opulent mouth feel yet the hugely long and slightly woody finish tightens up considerably and is quite youthfully austere despite the sap.” Allen Meadows 91-93 points

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