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Jean-Michel Guillon

January 12, 2016

These are notes from a dinner hosted by Fatty and Robin Soh at Chef Kang’s on 04 Dec 2015, featuring the wines of Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon which is based in Gevrey-Chambertin, with Jean-Michel himself having been apprentice to George Roumier at one time. This trait showed up across the entire line-up, wines that are very well-crafted but which tend to exhibit a certain house style subconsciously. The wines are listed following the tasting order.

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2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Marsannay Blanc Les Champ Perdrix. Notes of morning dew, pears, ripe zesty citrus and the aromas of white flowers, featuring fine acidity with overtones of crème coming on later. Most refreshing.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Marsannay Clos des Portes monopole. Dark berries, soy and red fruits, displaying good intensity, structure and concentration on the palate with a spicy trace, gelling together very well. A sturdy wine.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Les Crais. A village wine, somewhat muted on the nose although there is a good concentration of roses and bright red fruits on the palate, brimming with fair intensity, not quite as structured for a Gevrey-Chambertin, slightly dour at the finish.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Chambolle-Musigny. Lovely bouquet, featuring a complex of raspberries and strawberries of excellent depth and length on the palate, coupled with an attractive sweetness.  Harmonious and structured. Excellent.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champonnets 1er. Discernibly a notch up from the Les Crais, proving to be robust, masculine and structured, featuring excellent ripeness that is rich and fairly luxuriant.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin La Perriere 1er. Plummy with fair intensity and linearity, oozing with sweet tannins. Harmonious but lacking in complexity and structure.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru. Seemingly complex on the nose, marked by plums, redcurrants and earth but lacking complexity, which seems to be the case for a lot of wine produced from this second-division grand cru.

2013 Jean-Michel Guillon Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru. The evening ended well with this wine ticking all the right boxes. Plummy and bright with attractive tangerine within a glossy sheen, possessing power and elegance in equal measure. Harmonious, layered and structured. Solidly crafted.

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