Domaine Guillemot-Michel is considered the best producer in the Macconais, farming biodynamically tended, old vine Chardonnay, based in the village of Quintaine. We used to love these wines in the 2000s, which disrupted people's opinions on the wines from this part of Burgundy, from insipid boring wines to ripe and concentrated ones. Still, even after this time, Guillemot-Michel is not a widely known address with very few wines imported to the US. The wines here are as good as ever, with husband and wife Pierrette and Marc Guillemot joined by their daughter Sophie and her husband, Gautier. The Quintaine is a historic wine for this Domaine and is the flagship bottle they are recognized for. The Quintaine was the sole Cuvee of the Domaine from 1985 until 2014, so there is a lot of attention and detail put into this Cuvee. Sourced from 6 hectares of vines, the grapes are hand-harvested and vinified in concrete vats with wild yeasts. We love the Vire-Clesse from producers like Lafon, but this is another level, and in our opinion, is the pinnacle of this underrated part of Burgundy. We have some of the only bottles available in the USA of 2017, which is drinking great right now but has the framing to last for years to come. An excellent choice for burgundy lovers looking for a bottle that stretches the dollar.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93+ points! "The 2017 Viré-Clessé Quintaine is showing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with a refined bouquet of white peach, green orchard fruit, honeycomb and spring flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and lively, with lively acids, promising structuring dry extract and a long, delicately honeyed finish. From vines that have been biodynamically farmed since 1991, this cuvée always attains a pH of 3.2 or lower, even in the warmest vintage. While it is always approachable, to my palate, this bottling is at its best with six to eight years of bottle age."