Petit Max is known for producing the most easy-drinking wines of Beaujolais’ Gang of Four. The 2015 Marylou must be the ideal example. Its flirty ruby color and subtle fruit on the nose hint at the thirst quenching to come, but that first airy sip is what makes you want to guzzle in a way totally inappropriate to winedrinking etiquette. What am I saying? It’s Beaujolais. There are no rules. Tuck in that pinky and gulp this one down to your heart’s delight. –Emily Spillmann
|Vineyard:||45 years, 2.5 acres|
|Aging:||Wines are aged on fine lees in Burgundian barrels|
Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max – though he is anything but petit, by the way. He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Following the example of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Guy and three other local vignerons Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, soon hoisted the flag of Chauvet’s back-to-nature movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. The Gang called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification. The end result allows Morgon to express itself naturally, without make-up or plastic surgery: rustic, spicy, loaded with schist minerals and at the same time, refreshing and deep-down delicious.
There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.
Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232