Jean Guiton Pommard 2021

Pinot Noir
Jean Guiton

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Our tasting impressions

Guillaume has crafted a brilliant Pommard in 2021. The color is dark red and the nose is sweet and rich. It's lighter than past vintages but it has a latent power and intensity. The tannins are soft and smooth but provide welcome structure. Enjoy some now for the lovely young fruit but try to bury a few because the best is yet to come!

About this wine

100% village Pinot Noir from 3 vineyards - Rue au Port, En Mareau and Les Vignots. Exposures are south and east and the soil includes marl and marly limestone.  The vines were planted in 1950, 1970 and 1995.  Harvesting is by hand.

Fermentation lasts 18-22 days with maceration (cold to start), including pigéage (punching down the cap).  The wine ages in oak barrels (25% new) for 15-18 months.  A light filtration is done before bottling if necessary.  No racking. 3,000 bottles produced. 

About the grape

Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates.  The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity).  Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.

About the vintage

 2021 is pretty much a miracle vintage. The winter and most of March was on the cool side until the very end when temperatures soared. This accelerated plant development. So, when the Easter frost hit, the damage was extensive - Chardonnay was hit harder than Pinot Noir. The cold temperatures persisted, which adversely effected vine recovery. The climate stabilized in August and conscientious growers were able to harvest ripe grapes - albeit, a record low crop. But the Pinot Noir is classical, lower in alcohol, pure and concentrated.

Jean Guiton

Guillaume Guiton is a fiercely dedicated and extraordinary vigneron and a super nice guy.  In the grand scheme of Burgundy, his vineyards would be considered modest...his wines, we consider, anything but.


He has been running this 11.5 hectare Domaine since 2002.  His father Jean started it in 1973.  Very much a hybrid estate, Guillaume owns 4ha, rents the rest and even buys grapes in his pursuit of the best he can get.  He produces about 50,000 bottles per year.


He is a devoted terroirista, who welcomes the opportunity not to intervene in what nature offers. His methods vary based on vintage circumstances but he usually de-stems his red grapes and mostly avoids fining and filtration.


Guillaume is an intense student of barrels.  He raises many wines in a variety of barrels before blending, only uses them for 6 years and never employs more than 20% new oak.