2016 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune

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Jean-Michel is the third Giboulot to head the family estate in Savigny-lès-Beaune, having presided over the 12 hectares in Beaune, Pommard, and Savigny since 1982. Following Jean-Michel's recent conversion to organic farming, the wines have become fresher and rounder, and the increased proportion of destemmed fruit has helped this transition in style. Much as with Giboulot's 2015s, his 2016s are undoubtedly some of the best we've tasted yet from the portfolio, one that we've been working with directly now for a number of years.

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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2019 | Send Email
This new vintage of Savigny-Les-Beaune is an absolute winner for its price range. whether you are looking for a nice Burgundy to sit and sip on a spring day, or a wine to bring to a dinner party, you can't go wrong here. With a nose of tart cherry and cranberry, roasted red apple, and subtle baking spices that intermingle with light red and purple florals; a palate that is round, driven by cherry, with a bit of a leather and mushroom, you will be hard pressed to find a more pleasant red burgundy for under $30.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2019 | Send Email
Another great vintage from this little producer in Savigny-les-Beaune! The 2016 is likely the best-yet vintage we've received from Jean Michel Giboulot. With a fuller body and soft black fruit, this is a great Pinot to open for those just beginning to drink Burgundy. And yet, it is utterly classic. The fuller body is balanced well with fresh acidity, fine grained tannin, and unparalleled aromatics. Excellent poise and balance here!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2019 | Send Email
This is Burgundy at its best, and for under $30! It has silky dark cherry and cola berry fruit, with herbs and spice intermingling and refreshing lift for superb balance and drinkability. There’s plenty of weight, balance and structure to cellar for five to ten years, yet it is remarkably expressive right now. 2016 is really turning out to be a collector’s vintage!

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
Here is an absolutely fantastic red Burgundy for under $30 (say what?!). The Savigny Les Beaune hits so many right notes. I feel like this bottle is going to be my go to for every upcoming holiday for the end of this year. It's great for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The acidity is really pretty, it's palate earthy, with a nice touch of holiday spirit (cranberries, spices, perhaps a little nutmeg) and the finish is so inviting... I'll take a case please! :-)

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
I really appreciate the balance of this wine - it is not as intense as Pommard or as delicate as a Volnay - but sits somewhere in between. This is very expressive in the nose with substantial red cherry and spice notes. As with most of Jean-Michel Giboulot's wines, my nose likes to loiter in the glass to take in the aromas as the wine opens up. The acidity is lively, and the overall structure is there to carry this through for another 5 years. Give this bottle a good 30+ minutes of air before consuming.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.