2018 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Year: 2018
Appellation: Burgundy
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$24.95
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"Aromas of ripe cherries, berries and spices introduce Guillemot's 2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, a medium to full-bodied, fleshy wine that's generous but lively. It's a pleasure-bent red that will offer a broad drinking window. I recently had occasion to taste the 1990 rendition, and it is still showing beautifully, which gives some sense of how well this cuvée can age.

As I wrote last year, this seven-hectare estate in Savigny-lès-Beaune is an underrated source for keenly priced and high-quality red Burgundy. Winemaking is classical, the reds fermenting in wooden tanks with temperature control, followed by élevage with modest percentages of new wood. The wines age very well, as I can attest, having tasted the emblematic Serpentières back to the 1947 vintage. When I tasted them from barrel, I admired the pure and supple 2017s and prophesied that they would offer a great deal of near-term charm, with the Serpentières, Gravins and Corton possessing the most potential longevity and incipient complexity. From bottle, that judgement was confirmed. And on the same visit, I was delighted to see that Vincent Guillemot has also produced a superb range of 2018s: richer and more textural than the 2017s, certainly, but similarly charming. In short, readers bemoaning the lack of fine, affordable Burgundy from the Côte d'Or should beat a path to the Guillemot family's door." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Kermit says he has several great memories of visiting with the Guillemots, and his favorite happened about fifteen years ago when Robert Parker asked us to arrange a big tasting of our Burgundy selections. It took place in the cellar below our Beaune office, and Mr. Parker approved Kermit’s suggestion that we invite the winemakers to the tasting. The place was packed and there were over two hundred red and white Burgundies to taste. Pierre Guillemot was there with his big belly and bristly moustache. Everyone loved having him, because he wowed them with comparisons of certain wines with various characteristics of the male and female genders. Kermit noticed at some point in the morning that Pierre had quieted down. He looked over and saw that, as Pierre tasted, he did not avail himself of a spit bucket. Suddenly there was an “Alors, au revoir, à bientôt j’espère,” and up the stairs he went. Kermit followed and watched Pierre walk away, awfully close to a Charlie Chaplin pantomime of a drunken French vigneron weaving down the street, barely able to stand up.

The Guillemot family has worked Savigny-lès-Beaune vines for eight generations (!) and produces wines with classic Burgundian finesse and balance, all while leaving us a reminder of Savigny’s rustic character. Guillemot is one of the quintessential KLWM producers, with wines that epitomize the local terroir and emphasize grace and elegance over power and structure. But do not be fooled into thinking that this means they lack aging potential; the Guillemots are very proud of their old wines and thankfully have the foresight to set aside a good supply and follow their wines’ development over the years. A recent tasting at the domaine included a 1989 and 1975 Savigny Blanc (that’s 35 years old, everyone!), as well as the ‘90, ‘88, ‘85, ‘82, ‘76, ’72, and ‘64 Rouge. There was not a single tired bottle in the bunch. We challenge anyone to find a better deal on Burgundies that are built to last like these!