2010 Domaine Pierre Guillemot, Corton “Le Rognet et Corton” Grand Cru Red Burgundy, France.
This is a near perfect example of Grand Cru Cote de Beaune, Guillemot’s Corton shows fine details, grand fruit and sublime balance with glorious red currant, plum and an intense core or cherry fruit while crushed stones, briar and flowers add complexities. Transparent, vivid and full of elegant intensity. Domaine Pierre Guillemot is one of Kermit Lynch’s old school Burgundy producers, and he imports Guillemot to the US and helps find homes to their traditional style wines, which in most vintages take time to develop in the bottle and should be cellared for a few years to allow full character evolution. In the past, I have found Guillemot hard to drink young with harsh structure, barnyard notes and awkward features, but the 2009 Premier Crus were exceptionally lovely and a delightful treat, and this 2010 Corton “Le Rognet et Corton” is pure magic and a Burgundy lovers dream date. My honest opinion is this, buy the 2010 Guillemot Grand Cru, it is a steal, avoid the Premiers in 2010, but search out them in the 2009 vintage and drink them up. Guillemot has a great following, and my best info suggests these wines age extremely well, so check them out.
($100 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($89.95)