Expected Arrival November 2023
Our tasting impressions
What a joy to find, once again, red Burgundies that are so light and fresh. That's what 2021 has offered. This Bourgogne is just 12.5% alcohol. Wonderful mineral-inflected flavors and the tannins are so fine that they don't intrude. This can still undergo more character development but already it's a delight!
About this wine
Bourgogne is the broadest appellation in Burgundy. Grapes can come from anywhere within the region including declassified 1er or Grand Cru.
This one is produced from Pinot Noir vines in Pommard and Bligny-Les-Beaune. Half are 25 years old and the rest 50-60 years in clay & limestone soil. Grapes are mechanically harvested.
Cold maceration is done over three to four days. Barrel fermentation lasts 15 days with pigéage. Aging is 12 months in old oak barrels. Production is about 20,000 bottles.
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.
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.
A 10% discount will be credited in your cart when purchasing at least 12 Pre-Arrival bottles from this producer.