Jean Michel Guillon & Fils

Jean-Michel Guillon

Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot Pinot Noir 2011

Quite a disappointing showing. While the wine had nice complexity the alcohol level was too pronounced. I assume this was chaptilized for the alcohol to show up this much for a 2011 vintage. Loved this producer's 1er cru champonnets Gevrey bottling but for a grand cru level this is not up to snuff. — a month ago

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Jean-Michel Guillon

Les Graviers Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016

I'll start of by saying that this is going to be a rant - one about intent and expectations. Don't get me wrong, this was a tasty wine but it got me thinking.

This entry-level Bourgogne took 3 days to uncoil itself. Extreme rubbery reduction when first opened, which pervased through the nose and palate. I tried decanting it, mind you, but to no avail. So back in bottle and fridge it went and day 2, it was the same thing. It was only at the end of day 3 when the wine starting unfurling its dark red fruits, smoky, spicy oak, cocoa, and hints of minerality in the finish. The intensity and texture's quite excellent for a Bourgogne. But really... 3 days for a Bourgogne to show itself. To me, that's way too long. In that time frame, it could have well ended up in a volatile mess.

It begs the question of intent: Did the father and son team intend to make a wine like this? Should a Bourgogne be made ready-to-drink? Should I have expected that? Perhaps this was just on the unlucky end of bottle variation. I don't know. Or maybe the question's about reduction - is it ok? Generally, I don't mind it, but there are cases like this where I would have loved to be able to enjoy the wine there and then - where was the copper coin when I needed it 🤣

NB: Third time having this producer, and I think it's just not my cup to tea. Nevertheless, Guillon's been getting quite a few rave reviews. Les Graviers comes from a vineyard just outside Chambolle. Ripe fruit, partial whole-cluster fermentation, a long maceration, and 100% new oak for aging. I guess the winemaking does give an insight on the intent of this wine 🤔 
— a year ago

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@Aaron Tan i agree with your summation of the winemakers intent. Some of these village Burgundies do have some legs.

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@Aaron Tan Aaron interesting post Cheers 🍷
Aaron Tan

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@P A Thanks. Sometimes I really wonder if a wine can be considered successful if it's just plain undrinkable when first opened.

Jean-Michel Guillon

Les Champeaux Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013

Precisely what burgundy should be. Length for days. Black cherry soda, mushroom, ham and black tea. — a month ago

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Jean-Michel Guillon & Fils

1er Cru- La petite Chapelle Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir 2006

Heard many good things about la petite chapelle. Didnt dissapoint. Silky smooth and a fine line of minerality. Raspberry and redcurrant fruits. Floral but slightly short. Crushed rocks but not as complex. Has spice notes but slightly hollow bitter finish — 9 months ago

Jean-Michel Guillon

Clos des Portes Monopole Marsannay Pinot Noir

Vintage 2011 / tuilé colour rim, half transparant, inviting smell, true to type #pinotnoir with layers: mocca, coffee, autumnleaves, cedar, spicy, impressions of stable, rich and noble. Good acidity and really good balance. Tasted three years ago, has developed excellent. A very sumptuous wine, great to start this year. Noble wine with long aftertaste. Happy New Year! #marsannay — a year ago

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Jean-Michel Guillon & Fils

Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir

At Tastings in Charlottesville. Opened up a lot in 5+ min. — 3 years ago

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Jean-Michel Guillon

Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir

Dr Bob

Wonderful nose....explosively aromatic. Perfume and bright red fruit. Taste on par with nose, but wine was thin and a little too acidic. But definitely worth it for the olfactory experience alone!! — a year ago