It’s the first time I’ve seen wines from this domaine and Olivier seems a bit of a character. Manually harvested Bourgogne (an idealist obviously) and a picture of himself and his horse (Indigo) on the label. His website is as individualistic as his labels and has lots of info. I also found this lovely quote:
This wine is from Olivier Guyot. He is considered somewhat eccentric by some of his neighbors, as he has sold his tractor and gone back to organically horse farming his vineyards. He feels it is better for the land, and that he gets better fruit from doing so. The grapes are hand-harvested, of course, and the wine is bottled without filtration. The domaine has passed from father to son since the 16th century…
The Marsannay based domaine is about 15 hectares so that’s a lot of standing behind his horse! I also have one of his Gevrey 1er Champeaux in the cellar – looks like fun!
2005 Olivier Guyot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose has a dense and slightly rustic core, but above soars beautiful and very fine fruit. There is some fat and a dense core that reflects the nose. The acidity is slightly bright but that’s par for the course for many tightening 2005 wines. Finer fruit than the appellation might suggest but with good fat and an engaging hint of rusticity. On day two, even that rusticity is gone – super! – I bought a couple more.
Rebuy – Yes
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Interesting label. The ones I bought had a drawing of he and his horse. I agree with your assessment of the wine…I bought nearly a case.
I also tried the Champeaux. I found it exceptional, but was nearing the end of my wine budget so had to pass. That will prove a mistake probably.
So which decent growers machine harvest their bourgogne , Bill?
Was tongue in cheek Tom – but actually ‘big names’ as in ‘volume’ generally do go the machine approach – they have to to make their supermarket (below €10) price-points. Artisan’s can make it work no problem when they charge twice (or more) the bulk producer price.