October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Guy “Max” Breton strives to make the kind of wines he likes to drink. His proclivity is for highly aromatic reds low in alcohol that are bottled unfiltered, with minimal sulfur. His high-altitude granitic parcels above Morgon are perfectly suited to achieve this style. Max prefers to enjoy his wines in copious quantity, in good company, and slightly chilled. We suggest you do the same—responsibly, of course.
|Vineyard:||45 years, 0.5 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.
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
Inspiring Thirst, page 236