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Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2012 Product #28920 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2012 Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2012

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.

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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 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
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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Product #23793 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008

Burghound “Outstanding Top Value”

A great vintage for this excellent Village level red made from Jean-Michel’s oldest vines – all 50 years old or older.  As always, this delivers plenty of power and structure, but there is an extra level of ripeness and grace here as well.  This will drink nicely with decanting now and really hit its stride in another 5 years.

“From 50+ year-old vines raised in 100% new wood. This is extremely primary, in fact so much so that residual fermentation aromas are still evident though the red berry fruit appears clean and pure and is followed by impressively rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract that confers a beguiling texture to the mouth feel and renders the firm tannins almost invisible on the impeccably balanced finish. Recommended as villages level wines typically do not have this kind of completeness. Outstanding Top Value.”Allen Meadows 89-91 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 Cuvee Alexis 2011 Product #27667 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2011 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2011

A special cuvee made by and for Jean-Michel's son (and assistant winemaker now) Alexis.  All of the village wines used here are at least 60 years old, and their maturity allowed them to thrive in the difficult 2011 vintage.  Coffee, woodsy mushroom, and cocoa powder notes provide nice accents to the powerful, but pure, dark black fruit.  The middle is dark, deep, and powerful and the masses of ripe tannins do not interfere with a long, layered, finish.  Nice clarity for all of the power here.

"An expressive nose combines oak toast, ripe plum and plenty of pungent Gevrey earth. There is good punch and detail plus better acid balance to the lightly mineral-infused middle weight flavors that deliver good depth and length."Allen Meadows 88-90 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 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 Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 1.5l Product #28838 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 1.5l Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 1.5l

The regular bottles of this “baby Chambolle-Musigny” are terrific, but the magnums are very special indeed.  Jean-Michel Guillon and his son/co-winemaker Alexis bottled a dozen magnums of 2012 Bourgogne Rouge for us, and as far as we know, you can’t buy them anywhere else in the world.  Right now, it’s an impressive presentation of a delicious wine for parties or special dinners.  In about 5-10 years, though, it will be a big bottle of expensive-tasting red Burgundy from one of Gevrey-Chambertin’s top vigneron that you got for a steal of a deal price!

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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
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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 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2012 Product #28846 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2012 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2012

As Burghound says, "Sweet Spot Outstanding," but 60% less than usual. A big "wow" wine that delivers a silky, plush, nose of spice, peach, red fruit, chamoile and cocoa.  Then a mouthful of dark fruit, unctuous cocoa butters, 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. Sample it now but try to hold some for at least 5 years and enjoy through 2032.

"There is excellent volume to the notably ripe medium weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the focused, powerful and muscular finish that is punchy but not really rustic. I like this moderately structured but balanced effort as it's very Gevrey in basic character plus it offers solid depth."

Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle 2012 Product #28847 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle 2012 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle 2012

As always, teeters right on the edge of Grand Cru quality.  Just 35% whole cluster in 2012 and fantastic precision and delineation to the aromas and flavors of blue/black fruit, smoked earth, spice and fresh cut flowers. More tempting young than usual, but plenty of potential in a wine that will peak from 2022-2040.

"Sweet Spot Outstanding. There is a much more discreet touch of wood to the attractively elegant aromas of red berry, floral and subtle spice scents. The intense and mineral-driven middle weight flavors possess an equally refined mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, palate coating and moderately austere finish where a touch of oak surfaces. This is lovely."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2009 Product #27981 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2009 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2009

Best ever Guillon Champonnets with an amazing velvet texture.

"An elegant and admirably pure mix of red currant and dark pinot fruit is trimmed is a deft touch of wood before sliding gracefully into very rich yet precise medium-bodied flavors that possess a supple and refined mouth feel, all wrapped in an extract rich and strikingly long finish. The wood has not yet completely integrated, particularly on the finish, yet there is so much underlying material that it should not be an issue."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Guillon Grand Cru Clos Vougeot 2010 Product #26746 (In Stock)
Guillon Grand Cru Clos Vougeot  2010 Guillon Grand Cru Clos Vougeot  2010

Majestic, but very limited.

"From 40+ year old vines and whole cluster fermentation, fermented entirely in a small 100% new wood tank. This is notably riper with even more complex and very fresh aromas of spiced plum and an intense earthiness that also characterizes the delicious, dense and very serious flavors that also exhibit a high degree of phenolic maturity. There is wonderful energy to the balanced and superbly long finish that displays a bit less youthful austerity than I usually find with this wine."Allen Meadows 92-94 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 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2006 Product #21066 (In Stock)
Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2006 Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2006

Clearly showing its pedigree and class, the 2006 Clos Vougeot is a work of art. Big, big aromatics, raspberries, lilacs, incense, figs and brown sugar. A very sexy wine that comes in waves on the palate and should be an early maturing by Grand Cru standards due to its supple and ripe tannins. But who cares when the juice is this good? Tremendous! Drink this 2011 through 2020.

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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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