Jean Guiton Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Haut Jarrons 2014

2014
Pinot Noir
Jean Guiton
$47.00

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 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

Our tasting impressions

Quite delicious even if this 2014 isn’t as sweet as some of the riper vintages of this wine. It’s bigger than 2017 but lighter than either 2015 or 16. The tannins are smooth and gentle. Good for drinking now or over the medium term.

 

About this wine

Les Hauts Jarrons is a 4.4 ha 1er cru Pinot Noir vineyard just below Autoroute A6.  Guiton has a 1.73 ha southeast facing plot.  The soil is limestone tinged with sand.  The vines were planted in 1920 and 1971.  Harvesting is by hand with yields of 38 hl/ha.

 

Fermentation 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 8,750 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 

The winter was very mild and the growing season started early. A damp and chilly summer was rescued by a pleasant September. Lighter wines perhaps but the rule is well-balanced, tasty and approachable wines with fine terroir from capable hands. 

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru

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.