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2019 Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”

Guy Breton

The vigneron, who goes by the nickname P’tit Max, is perhaps the most laid-back fellow you’ll ever come across. He acts so nonchalant that it’s rather shocking to think he is a contemporary master of vinifying Gamay naturally, a feat that requires stupendous precision to achieve the desired outcome while avoiding the . . . er, smelly pitfalls sometimes associated with such methods. When asked his secret, Max simply shrugs and calmly reveals, “I don’t sleep much for two months after harvest.” The result of eighty-year-old vines, excellent vintage conditions, and many sleepless nights, this is a spicy, stony, impeccably refined Morgon from one of Beaujolais’ all-time greats.

Anthony Lynch

Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
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
Aging: Wines are aged on fine lees in Burgundian barrels
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Beaujolais

map of 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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2019 Côte de Brouilly

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2020 Beaujolais “Charron”

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2018 Juliénas

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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

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