“Anoutstandingline-upofwinesattheupperlevel.”, Allen Meadows, Burghound.
This is a lesser known domaine that flies under the radar but there's no question that Thierry Violot-Guillemard is an outstandingwinemakerandthewinesareveryclassy.These are a source of very fine and textured Pommard, Beaune, some Auxey-Duresses and in recent vintages some whites.
Thierry started in 1985 with vines planted in 1936 that he inherited from his grandfather. Thierry's mother joined him in thebusinessfollowinghisfather’sdeathin1986butin1987Theirrywasinvolvedinaseriouscaraccidentinwhichhewas luckytosurvive-hespenttwoyearsinhospitalandhad73operations.
His brother joined him in the domaine in 1992 but left again in 2006, selling his share of the vines. The accident changed Thierry's vision of the vineyard and raised questions about the environment. In 1990 he went biodynamic and employed a vineyard manager who helped advance the cause to gain organic certification.
The grapes are all hand-harvested and the wine aged for between 15 and 20 months with the use of 50-60% new oak. Thereisnofiningorfiltering.Thereare16crusvinifiedfromatotalvineyardareaofsixhectares,with35to40,000bottles produced annually - only 25% are exported, mainly to the USA and Japan. Thierry's philosophy is that the vineyard is a livingentitywiththejuiceofthevinetheconclusionoftheannualcycle.
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