Expected Arrival November 2023
Our tasting impressions
Guiton's Ladoix always seems the sexiest wine in his cellar. The dark color and deep, intense nose belie the lighter wines from this vintage. Excellent body and the flavors are fresh and very lively. With some air, this vamp starts to strut her stuff! The purity of the fruit lingers on your palate for quite a while. Yet, there is obviously more in the tank. It will be great to follow this wine as it develops - assuming we can keep our hands off them.
About this wine
La Corvée is a 1er Cru vineyard in the appellation of Ladoix, not far from the Grand Crus on the Hill of Corton. Guiton has a small south-facing plot. The soil is rich with Comblanchien limestone from a large quarry on the hill above it. The interspersed clay and stones make for excellent drainage The vines were planted in 1924, 1959 and 1971. Harvesting is by hand.
Fermentation of the Pinot Noir takes 20 days with maceration (cold to start), including pigéage (punching down the cap). The wine ages in oak barrels (20% new) for 18 months. A light filtration is done before bottling if necessary. About 4,250 bottles are produced annually.
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.