Pale, bright yellow. Brisk, slightly metallic aromas of lemon, lime, licorice and wild herbs. Then fat, sweet and large-scaled in the mouth, but without any obvious signs of surmaturité. The very rich, full yellow peach and ripe citrus flavors convey a strong impression of saline extract. Very concentrated if slightly aggressive today, even a bit rustic in its texture, but with excellent material. Judging from this wine, Marc Guillemot-Michel is now picking his fruit at less extreme ripeness.
Score: 90 points -- Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, Tasting date: October 2015
Domaine Guillemot-Michel is located in the small village of Quintaine, south of Burgundy. The original vineyards were planted by Pierrette's grandfather and father. In 1985, Pierrette and her husband Marc (both oenologists) took over the Domaine from her father and they obtained organic certification in 1992, then became bio-dynamic the following year. In 2013 their daughter Sophie returned to the Domaine after completing her degree in oenology.
The approximately 50 year old vines are densely planted, with between seven and eight thousand plants per hectare, and they are only hand-worked. The typical yield is just 2.5 tons per acre. Pierrette and Marc's use of bio-dynamic methods can encourage botrytis, aka noble rot, a benevolent form of fungus that adds richness and complexity to wine. In 2012 they experienced a wet spring, periods of strong sunshine in August, and harvest occurred in late September/early October.