Domaine Guillemot-Michel is considered the best producer in the Macconais, farming biodynamically tended, old vine Chardonnay, based in the village of Quintaine. We loved these wines in the 2000s, which changed the opinions of Maconnais wines, from insipid and boring 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. In the past, we offered their quintessential Cuvee, the Quintaine, but we are back today with a newer Cuvee that was started in 2016 called the Charleston. The Charleston is sourced from a Chardonnay plot planted in 1918 by Sophies Grandfather after his return from the first world war. It is the oldest plot of land that the family possesses, and as an homage to her grandfather, Sophie vinifies the grapes from this parcel in demi-muids that are at least ten years old. 2019 happens to be the best rendition of this Cuvee so far. It is a beautiful expression of Chardonnay from this part of Burgundy, excellently crafted, with opulent fruit balanced by tight and focused acidity. The 2019 Charleston is one of the best examples of the vintage from the Maconnais.
Wine Advocate ( William Kelley) 94+ points! "The 2019 Viré-Clessé Charleston is brilliant, opening in the glass with notes of buttered citrus fruit, pear, beeswax and vanilla pod. Full-bodied, layered and textural, with huge concentration, lively acids and a seamless, multidimensional profile, it's long and penetrating. It's one of the very best wines I've ever tasted from the domaine. Readers will remember that the Guillemot family's oldest parcel of vines dates back to 1918, and the idea behind this cuvée is to work the vines and make the wine in the same way as their grandfather—who planted them—did. It spends a year in old demi-muids followed by six months in tank on the lees."