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.
Guiton draws upon grapes grown in vineyards at the bottom of the Cote de Beaune, near Volnay and Guiton's premier cru vineyards. The sandy-clay and limestone-clay soils were planted in 1991. While the vines are not certified organic, Guillaume Guiton does not use pesticides or herbicides and pursues a minimally invasive approach to the vineyards. Hand-harvested grapes are sorted on a destemming table and then fermented in concrete using native yeast prior to aging in a mix 2nd to 7th use French oak for 9 months before being bottled. The wine is released after a further 3 months in bottle.
100% Pinot Noir