Guillon Bourgogne's from "The Vintage of a Lifetime"
Jean-Michel Guillon’s 2015 Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rouge have arrived. They are superb, each the best I’ve ever tasted from this brilliant domaine in Gevrey Chambertin. Both will be open to taste this Friday and Saturday, and both are going to fly out of the store and into wine racks (for drinking now) and cellars (for years more fun) once you try them. Please, do not miss these wines.
Because, as Steve Tanzer said about red Burgundy 2015 overall: “You are so going to want them.”
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- Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2015 Product #31926 (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 $45-$55 (if you can find it). Jean Michel used to use the young vines from this vineyard for cremant, but now that they're older, all the fruit from Les Graviers goes into make one brilliant Bourgogne Rouge – a wine that’s very much a “baby Chambolle Musigny!”
The combination of nicely maturing vines and 2015’s fantastic ripeness gave Jean-Michel and Alexis fruit much more in line with a good Village level Chambolle site than just Bourgogne, so they treated this like village wine: 4 weeks in the fermenter for deep extraction and then aging in 100% top-quality new oak. Folks, this is “blow you away” Bourgogne Pinot Noir. My note from the cellar last month: “Wow – massive plushness and richness and depth. Spectacular dark fruit (cherry, raspberry) with deep spice, earth and smoke. Firm. Very long, very delicious.”
“Outstanding Top Value. A deft application of wood sets off the ripe and fresh red berry fruit and earth-suffused nose. There is fine volume and concentration to the rich, plump and round flavors that possess very fine depth and length compared to what is typical for the genre. Worth considering.”Allen Meadows 87-89 points
- Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2015 Product #31927 (In Stock)
It’s audacious enough to plant Chardonnay right in the middle of the world-famous Pinot Noir vineyard of Gevrey-Chambertin. But to then make a wine this good from the tiny patches of limestone soil that suit Chardonnay so well…well, that’s just what Jean-Michel Guillon does.
In 2015, the fruit had so much ripeness and intensity that it warranted a full 50% new oak for barrel fermentation and aging. Already, though, this deep and complex wine has taken up the wood beautifully. Aromas of golden stone fruit, hazelnut, lemon, fresh butter and mint really soar from the glass. On the palate, there’s a palate coating richness to the bold flavors of lemon curd, fresh peach and apple, and butter-toasted nut. The flavors fan out and then snap back into tight focus on a salty-stone, peach, lemon custard and fresh mint finish that sails on and on. Delicious right now and built to improve for at least 5 years.