Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey Chambertin "Vielles Vignes" 2019 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey Chambertin "Vielles Vignes" 2019 750ml
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Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey Chambertin "Vielles Vignes" 2019

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Born in Paris, Jean-Michel Guillon arrived at Gevrey-Chambertin in 1980 with few connections or resources after he retired from aeronautics. Now the estate he runs with his son Alexis has holdings in more than 20 appellations, including Grand Cru sites like Mazis-Chambertin and Vougeot. He is reportedly the biggest buyer of new French oak in Burgundy after Domaine Romanée-Conti and the Hospices de Beaune. He has built up a Domaine of reputation from scratch with the help of his good friends and mentors like Rene Galland and Henri Jayer. As Allen Meadows commented, "Jean-Michel Guillon’s wines retain a clear sense of style and grace and remain identifiably Pinot Noir." 

Jean-Michel Guillon was also elected as Winemaker of the Year 2020 by the famous French wine guide book, Guide Hachette 

Alexis and Jean-Michel have a reputation for using a level of new oak on their wines that many more traditional producers in Burgundy would think was ridiculous. They believe that due to their work in the vineyard to harvest perfectly ripe fruit, the wines should be aged in the best new French oak money can buy. They feel that the wines do not in fact smell and taste too oaky, rather you get wines that smell and taste expensive: silky, ripe, with that whiff of powdery vanilla that makes the wine's pedigree obvious. This a great Burgundy for newer collectors weaned on California wines, and traditionalists should give it a try as well to see the current style leading the pack.

"Jean-Michel Guillon described 2019 as "one that was hot and very dry yet somehow managed to give us wines of freshness and minerality that preserve underlying terroir distinctions. We picked from the 19th to the 27th of September and the good news is that the fruit could not have been any cleaner. The bad news is that yields were down about 40% compared to a normal vintage. What is interesting is that while both 2018 and 2019 were very warm vintages, 2019 is more homogenous and has better pHs as well. Stylistically, the 2019s remind me of the 2016s with perhaps just a bit more stuffing." As the scores and commentaries confirm, I was impressed with the quality. Guillon also noted that the 2019s would probably be bottled in February 2021 after a light filtration." Allen Meadow- Burghound

The grapes for this cuvee come from a 90-year-old parcel, bringing this wine an unusual complexity.

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There is plenty of sauvage character to the poached plum, earth and soft humus scents. There is again excellent volume to the rich, concentrated and muscular flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a seductive mid-palate mouthfeel that also contrasts with the serious, austere, mildly rustic and impressively long finale. This is an excellent Gevrey villages that is indisputably built-to-age. 90-92

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