Domaine SC Guillard New Arrivals - Superb Value Gevrey Chambertin

As a Burgundy lover and collector there is a special thrill when you find a Domaine that produces wine of exceptional quality and yet is largely undiscovered and, better still, seems to have missed the memo about pricing over the last 20 years. SC Guillard from Gevrey Chambertin is one such Domaine. I'm being a little facetious about pricing as there are still many good value wines made on the Cote d'Or and really it is the top echelon that seem to spiral further out of our reach each year. However, to find a producer of this calibre within one of the great red wine communes is increasingly rare as the value option move out to the satellite villages. ??????Each year we buy these wines for the store and the restaurant because they are such excellent representations of their commune, of quality and of value. 

The Domaine itself is clouded in mystery in many respects. According to importers - winemaker Tom Carson and his partner Nadege Sune, Michel Guillard runs his domaine without regard for the wine press and as such the wines are never reviewed. What's more, he doesn't own a computer and, while he does admit to having a fax machine, he rarely puts paper in it! Information, even for the importers, is difficult to come by! 

The history of the domaine though is no secret. Michel's grandmother, working as a maid and with her new husband at war, purchased their first stand of vines in 1913. In 1932 the couple added a small plot of Corbeaux 1er Cru to the stable and each generation has added some vineyard land to the domaine over the years. Despite this, until relatively recently the wine business was supplemented by the owners having a second job to make ends meet. Unbelievable to think this was still necessary given the current state of play in Burgundy and vineyard land and wine value. 

The wines themselves are remarkably consistent and while they trace the character of each vintage faithfully they always deliver beautifully silken Burgundy, characterised by excellent fruit definition holding within it the unique Gevrey earth quality and judicious use of oak provides both structure and seasoning of cedar and vanillin.

Thee are no duds in the range. On tasting through the 2018's today I've recorded the following general impressions.

Number one, the Bourgogne must be one of the best Bourgognes on the market. Superb value for money and brilliant quality. More fruit and better definition of terroir than one would normally see in the genre. Do not miss it. There are two lieu-dit village bottlings - Reniard and Corvees. The former sits below the RN74 in the heavily deeper clay-based soils and Corvees closer into the centre of the village where soils are more a mix of limestone and clay. As is so beautiful in Burgundy, the wines take direction from there soil origins. The Reniard is bright and effusively fruit driven with nice red and purple florals, Full of energy, open, bright and lively with some nicely integrated wood tannin drawing it out nicely. The Corvees is a step up, more mineral on the nose framing lovely red and blue fruits as well as violets. The palate has a nice drying minerality - limestone playing its part. Wonderful wine. Serious. Finally the flagship, 1er Cru Corbeaux which is just before you start a run of Grand Crus running south, shows more oak on the nose and a more richly layered and decadent fruit combination. It's richer on the palate too, silken. Deeply fruited which is matched by well judged oak and underlying tannin keeps the decadence railed in. Lovely wine. 

For more detailed tasting notes and the notes of Poissenot and Lavaux-St-Jacques I've included Tom's notes below.