John Gilman "View from the Cellar"
The premier cru of les Vergelesses here had already been assembled into tank, but had not yet been bottled and was scheduled for its mise a week or so after my visit. The wine was a bit cranky from its recent racking, but showed good potential. The nose is a fine blend of black cherries, dark berries, stony soil tones, bonfire, venison and dried herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and structured, with good focus and a long, chewy and youthful finish. This is one of the Côte de Beaune reds in the Guyon cellars that showed some of the slightly rustic quality to the tannins from the extremely low yields of the vintage, but the balance here seems quite good and I am sure this wine will be quite tasty with a bit of bottle age. 2020-2040+.
(sold under the label of Domaine Dominique Guyon; from much whiter soil and with less clay content). A subtle touch of wood frames very serious dark berry fruit, pungent earth and sauvage notes. There is very good concentration as there is an abundance of dry extract adding a velvety texture to the medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent length on the powerful and well-balanced finish. Textbook Vergelesses. (89-92)/2020+