Pierre Guillemot

The Guillemots have worked Savigny-lès-Beaune vines for eight generations, they do not seek fame or fortune, and the family are 'true to their roots', old-school Burgundians. Old oak is favoured in order to underline the terroir, purity and finesse of these silky, stealthy reds; Cote d'Or sophistication at far from pretentious money, the Guillemot family refuse to manipulate their prices.

Of twenty-two premier crus in Savigny, the Guillemots own just three; Jarrons, Narbantons and a south-facing, old-vine Serpentières. On top of this is a very fine, unforced Grand Cru from the Rognet section of Corton. A recent pair of 1978s (a Savigny ‘villages’ and a Serpentiers) underlines that red Burgundy need not be heavy or extracted to live and evolve beautifully for decades.