Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot, Savigny-les-Beaune


As stated under Domaine Serrigny and Domaine Camus-Bruchon et Fils, Savigny-les-Beaune has become a happy hunting ground for Burgundy lovers, who appreciate fruity and stylish wines most of which are ready to drink young. However, selection is still critical, as some Savignys are often coarse and hard.

Domaine Giboulot was established by Jean-Michel Giboulots grandfather in 1935 and is currently in conversion to organic farming. The ground maintenance includes plowing and hoeing, and the steepest slopes are provided with grass to avoid erosion. J-M. Giboulot has recided over the domaines 12 ha in Savigny-les-Beaune, Beaune and Pommard since 1982.

The majority of vines are in Savigny at both the north bank under the Bois de Noël in the direction of Pernand Vergelesses (1er Cru Aux Serpentières, 1er Cru Aux Gravains, and 1er Cru Les Talmettes blanc) and the southern hillside (1er Cru Les Peuillets) by the A6 motorway. Village wines include the lieux-dit Aux Grands Liards and Savigny-les-Beaune blanc.

Premier Crus also encompass Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi at the other side of the A6 highway and Pommard En Brescul.

Finally, the domaine also makes Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune rouge and blanc and Bourgogne Aligoté. The philosophie of Jean-Michel Giboulot encompass “le respect des terroirs et de la typicité pour élaborer les plus beaux vins possible”.

There are no stems and the fermentation temperature is warmed up at the end to fix the colour and obtain a maximum of matière. Fermentation takes 10-29 days, and the whites remain in tanks up to 10 months to preserve freshness of aromas.

We have only tasted millésime 2015 at springtime of 2018. In this millésime quality really shines though, cherry fruit mingling with subtle spice. Charming and accessible. We look forward to return to this apparently little known and hidden gem for Burgundy lovers to test if the same high quality can be obtained in more problematic years.