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2017 Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”

Guy Breton

In the late 1980s, a young Marcel Lapierre convinced an even younger Guy Breton to take over some old family vines in Morgon and eschew all the norms of the day: chemical farming, industrial yeasts, flash pasteurization, and sulfur. Only a brave few back then dared make the step, as the effect was to be instantly ostracized by other vignerons and more often than not having to defend their ideas with their fists in bars and streets of the village. Times have clearly changed for the better. The sons and daughters of those vignerons who once tussled with Breton are now working their family estates and stopping by for advice. The example set by Lapierre and the gang has resonated across the world, and Breton’s Morgon has become a model of perfection for many up-and-coming winemakers—pure, light in extraction, and high on spice and aromatics.

Chris Santini

$36.00
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Gamay
Appellation: Morgon
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Guy Breton
Winemaker: Guy Breton
Vineyard: 80 years, 2.5 acres
Soil: Granite, Sand
Aging: Wines are aged on fine lees in Burgundian barrels
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About Beaujolais

After years of the region’s reputation being co-opted by mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau and the prevalence of industrial farming, the fortunes of vignerons from the Beaujolais have been on the rise in the past couple of decades. Much of this change is due to Jules Chauvet, a prominent Beaujolais producer who Kermit worked with in the 1980s and arguably the father of the natural wine movement, who advocated not using herbicides or pesticides in vineyards, not chaptalizing, fermenting with ambient yeasts, and vinifying without SO2. Chief among Chauvet’s followers was Marcel Lapierre and his three friends, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet—a group of Morgon producers who Kermit dubbed “the Gang of Four.” The espousal of Chauvet’s methods led to a dramatic change in quality of wines from Beaujolais and with that an increased interest and appreciation for the AOC crus, Villages, and regular Beaujolais bottlings.

The crus of Beaujolais are interpreted through the Gamay grape and each illuminate the variety of great terroirs available in the region. Distinguishing itself from the clay and limestone of Burgundy, Beaujolais soils are predominantly decomposed granite, with pockets of blue volcanic rock. The primary vinification method is carbonic maceration, where grapes are not crushed, but instead whole clusters are placed in a tank, thus allowing fermentation to take place inside each grape berry.

Much like the easy-going and friendly nature of many Beaujolais vignerons, the wines too have a lively and easy-drinking spirit. They are versatile at table but make particularly good matches with the local pork sausages and charcuterie. Though often considered a wine that must be drunk young, many of the top crus offer great aging potential.

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