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Guy Breton, also known as P’tit Max, 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. While he owns several parcels within the Morgon and Régnié crus of Beaujolais, he also has vineyards higher up in the hills that fall under the Beaujolais-Villages appellation. These cooler, high-altitude granite sites are perfectly suited to achieve his goal: brightly perfumed wines with lively, juicy fruit, lifted by a fresh acidity. The Cuvée Marylou, named for his daughter, is a great introduction to the house style, and a testament to how unbelievably gulpable Gamay becomes when farmed and vinified by one of the region’s best. P’tit 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|
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174