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Pierre Guillemot, Savigny-les-Beaune "Les Grands Picotins", 2019


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We love "the Edges of Burgundy" for delicious, exciting wines at great prices. And no village is a better example than Savigny-lès-Beaune. It may be the ultimate under-appreciated Burgundy.

Long maligned for light red wines (sometimes even lightened with white wine varieties, a practice long-since stopped), it has great terroir, top producers and, for generations, has made delicious wines of depth and complexity. And the prices haven't moved up nearly as much as in the more famous villages.

Sure, you might say Savigny-lès-Beaune is great for tasty red-fruited Pinot that you can drink young, but that it just isn't serious. Wrong! Savigny is great to drink young—that's one of its virtues! But good examples also age beautifully. When we had the pleasure of visiting Domaine Pierre Guillemot, the family generously shared a 1978 Serpentières. It was the greatest red Burgundy we tasted on that trip, complete with the peacock finish you normally associate with something like a Richebourg.

Guillemot's Savigny-lès-Beaunes seem particularly ageworthy. Kermit Lynch, who imports the wines, even issues this challenge on his web site: "We challenge anyone to find a better deal on Burgundies that are built to last like these!" We spend a lot of time trying to find just that, and we haven't called Kermit yet. Guillemot's wines are just too good.

In addition to beautiful drinkability in youth and supreme complexity and elegance with age, the best Savigny-lès-Beaunes are precise expressions of unique terroirs, with the subtle distinctions between crus that make Burgundy so endlessly riveting.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 91
"Aromas of cherries, blackberries and orange, complemented by accents of cinnamon and cloves, preface the 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Grands Picotins, a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping wine that's lively and succulent. This cuvée can sometimes be a touch more structured than the Vieilles Vignes bottling out of the gates, but that tendency is effaced by the prodigious charm of the 2019 vintage." -Robert Parker

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Savigny-lès-Beaune
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Pierre Guillemot
Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Guillemot
Vineyard: 50 years, .75 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine is aged in barrel for 18 months and in bottle for 6 months before release
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Jim Angelo
A very good burgundy & a great value

For me the nose offers notes of cherry and pine. And the palate is a bit fleshy and fresh with taste of cherries and some minerality. The tannins are on smooth side, but strong enough to age more. This Savigny-lès-Beaune is very fine burgundy and great wine for the money.