Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200)per producer.
Our tasting impressions
Guillaume Guiton believes in letting the vines, the grapes and the vintage speak for themselves. So, those of us who enjoyed his energetic and refined 2017 version of this lovely white, will immediately notice that the 2018 is bigger, richer and more robust. Less subtle and it declares its presence quite dramatically. Guiton did brilliantly to keep everything in proportion. Different but no less enjoyable.
About this wine
100% Chardonnay from less than a half hectare plot called Les Rouards, just above Pommard, planted 15 years ago in soil composed of clay and limestone. Yields are 40 hl/ha. The stems are left intact before pressing. The must is allowed to settle for 24-36 hours before fermentation and malolactic fermentation is done in oak barrels (15% new). Annual production is 2,800 bottles.
Hautes Côtes de Beaune is a regional appellation established in 1961, covering vineyards throughout the Côte de Beaune that sit above (Haute) the more storied vineyards. In the past, wines with this designation tended to be thin and nondescript, but a combination of increased focus from talented winemakers like Guillaume Guiton and global warming has elevated their quality and reputation.
About the grape
Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.
About the Vintage
Historically high temperatures in 2018 but there was plenty of rain as well. Yields were very high and the Chardonnay, surprisingly, offered good energy. The fruit also was intensely concentrated. It certainly had an easier time of it than did the Pinot Noir but unless a vigneron was willing to put quality above finances, the potential for dilute wines was high.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru
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.